No arrests were made or citations issued when Paso Robles police and agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control held the latest “shoulder-tap” operation Saturday afternoon.
Fifty-five people were contacted during the operation, which entails using a “minor decoy” under the age of 21 to ask people outside various businesses to buy him or her alcohol. None of the people contacted at nine North County businesses bought alcohol for the decoy, according to a Paso Robles Police Department news release.
If people do purchase the alcohol after the minor discloses his or her age, a citation will be issued, resulting in a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
These operations are funded by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control through its grant assistance program, as well as the California Office of Traffic Safety.