Correction: An earlier version of this story should have said that vendors are prohibited from selling alcohol to people younger than 21.
Paso Robles police conducted an undercover “minor decoy” operation at the California Mid-State Fair on Tuesday night to ensure vendors were not selling alcohol to people under 21, ultimately citing one booth for doing so.
Eleven vendors were checked between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. A minor, acting under the supervision of undercover officers, approached bartenders to buy alcohol. The minor was able to purchase alcohol from one vendor, which the Police Department did not identify in a news release.
That licensed vendor was issued a citation and will be required to pay a $1,000 fine and perform community service. The business could also face sanctions by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The operation was part of the state agency’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, which is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.