8 businesses busted for selling alcohol to minors

Marietta teens looking to sample adult beverages are out of luck, thanks to the diligent efforts of local law enforcement.

Police in the Cobb hamlet conducted a sweeping “alcohol compliance check” May 16 and found eight businesses violated the law by serving underage buyers.

Unbelievably, a company that chose the name “Loco Willy’s” is among the scofflaws.

The “underage buyers” used in the sting are Boy Scouts volunteering with the Marietta Police Department’s Explorer Post, police said.

Thirsty-seven businesses asked the boys for IDs and were not cited.

Here’s the list of the businesses that sold to minors.

  • Battle&Brew 279 Powers Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30067;
  • Citgo 574 Roswell St. Marietta, GA 30060
  • Jimiz Lounge 2090 Cobb Pkwy. S Smyrna, GA 30080
  • Rodney’s Jamaican Soulfood 2092 Cobb Pkwy. S Marietta, GA 30060
  • Taqueria Tsunami 70 S. Park Sq. Marietta, GA 30060
  • Fairground Food Mart 619 N. Fairground St. Marietta, GA 30060
  • Beer Barrel 1294 Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30060;
  • Loco Willy’s 800 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064

140 comments Add your comment

CynicalOne

May 22nd, 2012
8:52 am

If this is what they are working on it sounds like we’ve got too many cops in Marietta.

Tammy

May 22nd, 2012
8:52 am

Oh the horror! Just think what a Zima could do to a 17 year old brain!

On My Way

May 22nd, 2012
8:56 am

Back in the 80s, the BSA sent their boys out in the woods in search of the devil’s weed. What is this group, Miami Vice?

Bravesfan79

May 22nd, 2012
8:58 am

Boy scouts should be used to teach people CPR, how to tie knots… and be solid people. Not to help enforce stupid laws and cause people to loose their jobs!

richard

May 22nd, 2012
8:59 am

The Gay Bars in Marietta should feel safe.

Yes Ocifer

May 22nd, 2012
9:01 am

Aren’t Boy Scouts like, 10 years old?

Malrie

May 22nd, 2012
9:01 am

Having a drink, under age 21???? It’s the end of the world, as we know it!!! What will I do!!! oMG!!!! I need a drink!

Highlands

May 22nd, 2012
9:01 am

You take away all the bullies and now look at the mess you’ve created, MSM! Pretty sure both organizations (BSA, MPD) have other things that would better warrant their attention. Maybe everyone at the MPD is secretly auditioning for a spot in Douglasville (aka “Georgia’s Prohibition HQ”).

von

May 22nd, 2012
9:02 am

Good for these boys for volunteering to help enforce the law. And good for Cobb & Marietta PD more making sure that some kid doesnt go drinking at a bar and then drive home and kill someone.

Dr. Funk

May 22nd, 2012
9:06 am

Good for the Scouts. Businesses selling booze to kids should be made to sell only soft drinks for a year. See how that impacts their bottom line.

Evan

May 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

I think they did a good job, any business that sells alcohol to minors should be fined because as soon as they are in an accident and someone is hurt or even killed we grab our pitch forks and say who sold them the alcohol…. I like this preventative measure!!! GOOD JOB!!!

nina

May 22nd, 2012
9:09 am

Yeah, how dare people lose their jobs for not following law that requires them to have a license and everything!!! Better not get someone who can follow the right protocol, let the stupid people keep their jobs!!!!
Also I’m pretty sure learning CPR and tying knots does not take more than a couple of weeks, plus how do you know these scouts don’t already know all those things?

Sean

May 22nd, 2012
9:10 am

Glad to see Marietta PD doing this.

And actually Cynical… it means there are too few police in the Marietta PD if they’re using the BSA to help.

EMS Explorer

May 22nd, 2012
9:11 am

@ Yes Ocifer, Boy Scout Explorers start at 14 years old, most go to 21. I still think they could have found a better use for the scouts time

Ruthie

May 22nd, 2012
9:11 am

“Thirsty-seven businesses asked the boys for IDs and were not cited.”

Thirsty-seven? Intentional?

Dr. Funk

May 22nd, 2012
9:13 am

All you posters who think it’s no big deal to sell booze to minors: please undergo voluntary sterilization before you have any kids … or, God forbid, any more.

Glenn

May 22nd, 2012
9:16 am

Your asking someone making 6 dollars an hour to be able to decide if an ID is fake or not . Does the minor that produces this ID get in any real trouble ? The best way to handle this since we are going to flog these businesses in a public forum would be to have the devils sauce sold more publicly . The government should be the ones selling alcohol not any private enterprise . That would put an end to the evil in this article .

BRW

May 22nd, 2012
9:23 am

Idiot. Read the story. Where did it say they used fake IDs. All the employee had to do was check the ID as required by law and they would have passed the test.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 22nd, 2012
9:24 am

Well now the parents, older brothers or sisters will have to buy the booze for the high school graduation parties again this year.

87dawg

May 22nd, 2012
9:25 am

Just so all you folks that seem to constantly find fault in Scouting, let me educate you…..the Scouts that were used are actually what is called an “Explorer Post”. This is a branch of Scouting that has been around for a very long time that you just don’t know about or don’t care to know about since being educated would dimish your ability to criticize.

Explorer posts are training grounds for older teens, boys and girls, that specialize in various areas. In this case, law enforcement. The Scouts use these as a way to learn a skill in which they may decide to make a career. These are not the 11 year old kids and certainly not Cub Scouts. I doubt you have any problem with high schools teaching various trades. Why would you have a problem with law enforcement teaching?

And if you criticize the police monitoring and cracking down on underage drinking, maybe you should have children. You might change your mind. If not then I suggest you don’t have children because you are the problem.

Glenn

May 22nd, 2012
9:27 am

I did read it clown . This story isn’t the norm . As someone in the business you are only as good as your employees ……and more than not they are shown an invalid id .

ACE

May 22nd, 2012
9:28 am

@sean-No it means they needed somebody under 21 to attempt to make the purchases.

-You idiot.

May 22nd, 2012
9:29 am

“Good for these boys for volunteering to help enforce the law. And good for Cobb & Marietta PD more making sure that some kid doesnt go drinking at a bar and then drive home and kill someone.”

-You idiot. This increases the chances of them buying in a bar. The places where these boyscouts where used were places where you buy alchohol and drink it at home.

Glenn

May 22nd, 2012
9:30 am

@ 87 dawg

No you are the problem . Maybe you should teach your kid about moderation or why he/she shouldn’t drink instead of relying on the government .

commoncents

May 22nd, 2012
9:32 am

Checking IDs in bars and gas stations is part of the job! It’s not like the employees had to go above and beyond their typical duties.

ACE

May 22nd, 2012
9:32 am

@glenn-No you are totally off base and off topic. No mention of fake IDs anywhere in story.

Loco Willy

May 22nd, 2012
9:33 am

Why did they call out Loco Willy’s? “Unbelievably, a company that chose the name “Loco Willy’s” is among the scofflaws.” – what an insult! Did Loco Willy’s serve watered down drinks to the AJC editor?

commoncents

May 22nd, 2012
9:34 am

-you idiot @ 9:29

perhaps you should google the places where the minors were able to purchase beer.. some of those are bars and the drinks must be consumed on the premises.

commoncents

May 22nd, 2012
9:37 am

Glenn @ 9:30

While parents should be involved, the government should still be responsible for restricting certain things from certain people- i.e. alcohol from minors, uranium from terrorists, drivers licenses from legally blind people, etc.

Even the children from some of the best parents don’t always listen

Tech82

May 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

Glenn – You are 100% wrong! Checking for valid ID before selling alcohol is the law. If your employees are not capable of doing that then they are not qualified for the job. Period.

Nowhere in this story did it state that any of the boys presented a fake ID as you suggested. Each of the businesses cited failed to ask for ANY ID.

87dawg

May 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

Glenn, you are an idiot.

And yes, I actually do rely on the government for law enforcement. It’s kind of their job rather than some yahoo like you who feels he can do a better job. You do know they train the police to do this and that underage drinking is actually against the law. The very law these “government” enmployees are trained to do. This isn’t some government program that just appeared and takes rights away from citizens or goes beyond their charge (that means their directive). Did you even read the article? It has nothing to do with kids or moderation. It is about businesses selling to underage kids.

I have to guess by your reply that you are OK with your someone giving your underage children booze.

Loco Willy's Padre

May 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

Stop talking about my son, he’s a good boy.

Quityabithcin

May 22nd, 2012
9:41 am

Yeah, the cops are bad and so are the Boy Scouts..blah, blah, blah!!!! But…. when an underage teen drinks and drives and kills himself or kills someone else (ie. one of your loved ones), then we will see posts about why there aren’t more police enforcing underage sales. Who understands you, people. Damned if you, damned if you don’t.

Ms Shocked

May 22nd, 2012
9:41 am

The program is actually Marietta Police Explorers which is sponsored by the Boy Scouts. The Explorer program is for young boy and girls between the ages 14-21 that might be interested in a career in the Police Department. This is a great experience and opportunity for these young men and women to get hands on training in a field they are interested in. Therefore don’t judge something you don’t actually know about.

dan

May 22nd, 2012
9:41 am

What’s next? Boy Scouts going undercover in arresting prostitutes?

ACE

May 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

@quit-Take it up with Glenn he is the one in favor of underage drinking.

VinylT

May 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

Dear Mr. Mathis:

Marietta isn’t a “hamlet”; it’s a city of over 50,000 people, the largest in the county. City > town > village > hamlet.

I’ve said it a thousand times: a thesaurus is NOT a toy!

Love,
VinylT

ScootMonkey

May 22nd, 2012
9:43 am

Another reason the Boy Scouts should be abolished.

ACE

May 22nd, 2012
9:43 am

@dan-Sign me up.

Bert

May 22nd, 2012
9:44 am

I just don’t get the alcohol law. In 1983 you could drink when you were 18. So now you have to be twenty-one. It is not like the alcohol has a different effect in three years. I think it is just silly.

Mike S

May 22nd, 2012
9:45 am

Is it possible that the AJC assigns an idiot to every blog in order to create more responses? Thanks for being there for us today Glenn!

Jamal Jenkums

May 22nd, 2012
9:46 am

Next week the Cobb on the job cops are going to use the BSA in a prostitution sting. It will be much more rewarding for the boys. I assume that the cops have caught all the robbers and burglars and are just bored?

mreed14

May 22nd, 2012
9:47 am

What a waste of time, those kids will look back on this and be ashamed. Congratulations scouts, you got a few people that are just scraping by fired. Wait till they are in college, MOST people drink underage.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 22nd, 2012
9:48 am

I love Europe very few countries have a drinking age but also you can walk or use public transportation to get anywhere you need to when drunk.

Glenn

May 22nd, 2012
9:50 am

Sorry but I was old enough to be able to drink at 18 but that was a time of personal responsibility . If you are 18 you shouldn’t be a boy scout you should be supporting yourself .

When I see law enforcement doing something to stop people from driving with cell phones which have been proven to be more dangerous to the roads than alcohol I will might believe that safety & not morality is the main purpose of these stings .

commoncents

May 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

mreed14-

Why would the scouts be ashamed? Is keeping underaged drunks off the road something to be embarrassed about?

87dawg

May 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

You are not a Boy Scout at 18. You can, however, be an Explorer (or Venturer), part of the Boy Scouts of America, and learn a trade as any other 18 year old does after high school.

Obamaneisha

May 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

I’m trying to conjure up a mental picture of the merit badge Scouts would get for participating in undercover alcohol stings – something like a beer keg with a big X across it perhaps.

ACE

May 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

@glenn-I’m pretty sure drunk drivers kill more people than cell phone talking drivers.

ACE

May 22nd, 2012
10:01 am

I never realized that there was so much support for underage drinking in the community.