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Four businesses were cited for selling alcohol to a teenager when the Redlands Police Department, operating on a $7,500 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, conducted a minor decoy operation Friday.

During the operation Friday, Feb. 8, officers from the RPD and an Alcoholic Beverage Control investigator along with an 18-year-old volunteer visited 15 bars and restaurants licensed to sell alcohol on the premises and 15 businesses that sell alcohol for off-site consumption.

Four businesses, including two restaurants and two gas station convenience stores, sold alcohol to the minor. In each instance the businesses face possible fines or license suspensions from ABC.

The Wild Rocket, 345 W. Pearl Ave., sold alcohol to the teenage girl without asking the girl’s age or checking identification. The bartender was cited.

At the Royal Falconer, 106 W. Orange St., a bartender checked the teen’s valid California ID and took her order. Another employee served her a beer without checking ID. Both employees were cited.

Clerks at both the Unocal 76 gas station, 1075 Parkford Drive, and the AM/PM, 2098 W. Redlands Blvd. checked the girl’s ID before selling her six packs of beer. Both clerks were cited.

During decoy operations, minor decoys are required to answer truthfully if asked their age and to provide valid identification indicating they are underage to buy alcohol.

The City Council accepted the $7,500 ABC grant Feb. 5 for the Police Department to conduct minor decoy operations as well as “shoulder tap” operations, in which minors outside a business ask people to purchase alcohol for them. The grant will also fund training for business owners put on by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and hosted by the Redlands Police Department. The grant funding runs until June 30, 2013, and covers officer overtime.

The free training for owners, managers and employees who sell or serve alcohol includes information on state and local laws, owner and employee liability, community standards, checking ID, identifying and refusing sales to minors and identifying and refusing sales to intoxicated persons. Classes are scheduled Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for bars and restaurants that sell alcohol for consumption on site and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for businesses that sell alcohol for off-site consumption. The training will be held at the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St.

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