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

Fred

May 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Nice try @average gasstation worker but no brownie points for you! You failed to follow an explicit law even with all the signs posted all around you about the legal age for purchasing alcohol. You weren’t asked to determine the validity of the ID, only that the ID existed. Take responsibility for your own actions.

Katie

May 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

I bet those boy scouts are just super popular and liked at school!

CobbGOPer

May 22nd, 2012
1:24 pm

It would be awesome if the Scouts did something more useful for society than being narcs for the police.

Ther is a reason

May 22nd, 2012
1:24 pm

For all those who think drinking under the age is not a big deal…I hope that you or your family are not the victim of an underage DUI accident. Yes, preventing minors from drinking will not stop DUI’s but how many underage drinkers have cost the lives of innocent victims.

Kat

May 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

Sounds more like the Hitler Youth than Boy Scouts.

scott

May 22nd, 2012
1:27 pm

did they get to drink the booze too???

There is a reason

May 22nd, 2012
1:29 pm

@ average gasstation worker

“Thanks kid for screwing me over, now i lost my job, had my last paycheck taken away because i got fined for being nice to some kid who i thought looked 21 and make up some excuse why he didnt have his id. Now im getting evicted and have to go live on the street with my child who will now have to drop out of school. Thanks alot DORK”

Thanks for taking accountabilty for your actions. Pretty typical of people today make a bad decisission and then balme everyone else. Guess you’d feel the same way if you gave a loaded gun to a guy said he wouldn’t use it on you (cause gosh oh golly you felt sorry for him) and he shot you right between the eyes (if you think theres no comparisom I want you to take a ride in a car with a drunk teenager).

Andy

May 22nd, 2012
1:34 pm

These Boy Scout’s are the equivalent of snitches.

COBBWATCHDOG

May 22nd, 2012
1:35 pm

Break the law to see if anyone broke the law? I thought you had to be age 21 to be a policeman. Whom would pay if that young undercover person were caught in the middle of an armed robbery while working for the police? Riding a kid around in a car without a carseat is dangerous but so is shoving a teenager into an adults job. I also thought it was against the law for ANYONE under age 21 to even try and purchase alcohol. So break the law to find out who’s breaking the law. When I was under 21 and you tried to buy alcohol underage the police were called and you got in trouble. SO the police can tell these kids to try and buy alcohol underage? Not right!!

Andy

May 22nd, 2012
1:38 pm

Wouldn’t it be more productive to round the illegals up that have taken over Cobb County?

Anyone remember when Cobb was a nice place to live….back in the 90’s?

Mike in Marietta

May 22nd, 2012
1:41 pm

I’m 48 and still get carded everywhere I buy an alcoholic beverage. How does this even happen?!?!?

James

May 22nd, 2012
1:48 pm

Since Boy Scouts are now actively involved in crime enforcement instead of learning to tie slip knots & starting fires with sticks & rope we should probably send them toward south Marietta & Franklin Rd to get the drugs off the streets & fight gang violence . Ya know give these Boy Scouts the true 21 Jump Street experience .

jmdra

May 22nd, 2012
1:59 pm

The cops are too busy investigating crimes that generate fines for the city coffers. They have no interest in catching violent criminals. There’s no money in that for them.

tracy torres

May 22nd, 2012
2:01 pm

they should try this everywhere great job

WhiteRabbit

May 22nd, 2012
2:17 pm

Narks. Little rats.

Stacey

May 22nd, 2012
2:17 pm

I love the typo “thirsty seven”…
Seriously, aren’t there more serious crimes to spend money and time on?

Jason

May 22nd, 2012
2:27 pm

Good thing our tax dollars are going to keep these 18 year olds from drinking. If they got drunk, they might do something foolish like join the army. Why is it ok if they die defending our country, but god forbid if they should drink a wine cooler, I’m sure the world would end.

CapeApe

May 22nd, 2012
2:27 pm

“THIRSTY-seven businesses”…really??

Name (required)

May 22nd, 2012
2:30 pm

Well, that’s a relief. I’m glad Cobb County is doing everything they can to make sure only people aged 21 and up are able to drive drunk.

What a waste of taxpayer money.

SugarfreeSailor

May 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Also, “thirsty-seven businesses”…

Intentional play on words?

Deb

May 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Good job Boy Scouts! We love you! And this world has let too many “laws” slide. Let’s get back to enforcing the laws – turn on your turn signal if you are going to turn, drive drunk lose your license – IMMEDIATELY – if again, GO TO JAIL. Commit murder, go to death row. Rape someone or abuse a child or the elderly – again death row. Bet crime would let up and we would all feel safer! Thanks again Boy Scouts!!

creative

May 22nd, 2012
3:32 pm

Praising the boy scouts for G-A-Y ing up America even more so than a Glee or Will and Grace-Death Row. Being named Deb- immediate life time banishment on posting anything.

hankrich

May 22nd, 2012
3:49 pm

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

I guess writing a store about drinking made George ‘Thirsty’

murph

May 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

“Thirsty-seven businesses” — REALLY?

Holy Smoke.!!!!

May 22nd, 2012
4:28 pm

When I was in Boy Scouts we used to bring wine on campouts and boost cars w/ slim jims on Sat. nights. Had a great time too. deb sounds like 1 of those HOA do gooders. You put up a fence without permission! GO TO JAIL! Your lawn is too long! GO TO JAIL! Lighten up a little; you are really angry it seems.

Circle R

May 22nd, 2012
4:47 pm

If the hamlet of Marietta has such a problem with underage liquor sales, imagine how bad it must be in the township of Atlanta!

Gary

May 22nd, 2012
4:57 pm

“Unbelievably, a company that chose the name “Loco Willy’s” is among the scofflaws.” I don’t get why it is unbelievable for a place named Loco Willy’s to be on the list any more than any other store. If something is truly unbelievable, shouldn’t it be obvious? If it is not, then you shouldn’t write that it is.

nomaj

May 22nd, 2012
5:08 pm

Using 20 year Boy Scouts (are they still milk drinking “boys” at that age?) to do police undercover work? These eager “boys” seem more like sanctimonious rats.

The Facts

May 22nd, 2012
5:12 pm

Young people (under 21) drink alcohol at a higher rate than ALL other illegal drugs combined. Further, 90% of this group binge drinks, consuming 5 or more alcoholic beverages at one sitting, so they are drinking with the goal of getting drunk. In fact, Cobb County students report more binge drinking, 30 day alcohol use and weekend alcohol use than all Georgia students. So, why should you care? Alcohol related car crashes kill more people age 16-20 than any other age group…your children. Underage drinking costs the state of Georgia over $1.7 BILLION each year…your tax dollars.
The sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 21 is illegal. The Georgia Department of Driver Services has significantly altered drivers’ licenses for those under 21 so it is extremely clear to the cashier. And no, most youth do not use a fake or altered ID. In Cobb County, all businesses must attend a workshop designed to educate them on the proper format and requirements to sell alcohol. In turn, they must educate their employees…if their employees even bother to check ID in the first place.
Alcohol is so prevalent among youth due to accessibility and acceptability….as evidenced by many of the comments. Law Enforcement is aware of the dangers of underage alcohol use and is being proactive to reduce youth access. As a community, we should be cheering MPD and their effort to keep our youth safe, keep our neighboorhood safe, reduce the crime that goes hand in hand with underage alcohol use, and ultimately save tax dollars. Shame on you for worrying about the minimum wage employee violating the law rather than the youth in our community.

nomaj

May 22nd, 2012
5:15 pm

Holy Smoke, that’s similar to how I remember scouting as well: we had a good time, and we DID learn how to get along with each other, and the basic social courtesies. But we never engaged in any Hitler Youth type activity.

Ralph

May 22nd, 2012
6:52 pm

Responsible businesses that sell alcohol train their employees to check ID whenever there is the slightest doubt of age. I’m over 50 with wrinkles, jowls and graying hair but still get a chuckle when a Kroger clerk checks my ID.

If you see no problem with selling alcohol to underage teens, consider:

Research indicates that the human brain continues to develop into a person’s early 20’s, and that exposure of the developing brain to alcohol may have long-lasting effects on intellectual capabilities and may increase the likelihood of alcohol addiction.

The age when drinking starts affects future drinking problems. For each year that the start of drinking is delayed, the risk of later alcohol dependence is reduced by 14 percent.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 20. About 1,900 people under 21 die every year from car crashes involving underage drinking.

Young people are more susceptible to alcohol-induced impairment of their driving skills. Drinking drivers aged 16 to 20 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or older.

Kudos to the Marietta PD and the Marietta Law Enforcement Explorer Post.

RUTH

May 22nd, 2012
8:09 pm

Good for the Scouts. Have done their good deed for the day!!

bigjakeice

May 22nd, 2012
8:35 pm

Did I read that right? Thirsty-seven businesses asked for ID’s – is that a Freudian slip – thirty-seven is now thirsty-seven? Man, those pretzels are making me thirsty!

A.B. Normal

May 22nd, 2012
8:53 pm

Were the “boozer” Scouts in uniform? Duh!

WAR EAGLE

May 23rd, 2012
1:27 pm

My question is 37 businesses asked for id’s. did they sell them the beer or not? it appears not since they were not cited.

boozemaster

May 23rd, 2012
3:28 pm

at age 20 1/2, you can’t handle your alcohol. At age 21, you can.

CobbAT

May 24th, 2012
2:52 pm

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce appreciates Marietta Police conducting compliance checks to help prevent alcohol sales to minors and all of the businesses that passed the compliance checks. Thank you, also, to the Boy Scouts for taking part in these compliance checks and keeping our city safe! For the six businesses that failed, here are some business practices that will help keep your business in compliance and prevent underage alcohol sales.

- Hire, train and supervise responsible staff to keep business in compliance with alcohol sales laws
- Learn and use business best practices for responsible alcohol sales & service by attending a RASS Workshop Evindi 2012.pdf / Stumpe and Associates 2012.pdf /Traning Institute 2012.pdf
- Develop comprehensive written policies; include requirement to ID everyone or at a minimum ID anyone under age 40
- Use comprehensive and effective employee training programs
- Ensure all sellers/servers know how to properly verify a customer’s age and refuse sale/service to minors and intoxicated patrons
- Supervise and monitor employee compliance with company policies and state and local laws

For further information, visit the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce website.

Bobby

May 26th, 2012
8:33 am

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce needs to stop supporting Cobb pigs using non officers for their dirty work.

Raiderbeater

May 26th, 2012
8:46 am

We all know kids…..especially US kids that drink do so responsibly and never would do something stupid or dangerous like drive ….right?

This isn’t Europe were kids are used to drinking a glass of dark beer with each meal….US kids drink to get drunk and have no public transit like Europe…they go straight to their cars….hundreds of kids a year get killed because they are irresponsible and are given something they prove they can’t handle. Trying to make comparisons to the rest of the world is stupid.

Willy

May 26th, 2012
9:38 am

I’m pretty sure all this undercover work is taking the scouts away from the circle jerk they would rather be doing.