No citations in Paso Robles 'shoulder tap' operation

Nobody was cited in a “shoulder tap” operation Saturday in Paso Robles targeting people who purchase alcohol for minors.

Paso Robles police worked with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in the sting, which uses a minor to stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy him or her alcohol.

The decoy, with officers observing nearby, contacted 35 people outside eight businesses between 3 and 9 p.m., and nobody agreed to purchase the alcohol. Penalties for doing so would have been a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The operation is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.