Department of Revenue makes underage alcohol purchase
By Patrick Yost
A Georgia Department of Revenue alcohol task in October performed an under age alcohol sale compliance operation in Madison.
According to Det. Carl Jones, City of Madison Police Department, one arrest was made in connection with the operation. Jones said the department of revenue identified 19 retail locations that sell alcohol and attempted to make an under age purchase at each location.
Amit Patel, 27, Madison, owner of the Stop N Shop convenience store on Eatonton Highway was cited in the operation.
Jones said despite the citation, he was pleased with the results of the operation.
“We think the training that the city is requiring is working. We expect compliance of the rules.”
The operation occurred on October 20. According to Madison City Clerk Mellie Ann Thomas, a first–time offender of the city’s beer and wine ordinance can expect a seven day suspension of sales of alcoholic beverages and attendance by all sales clerks at an approved alcohol awareness class, a $500 civil penalty and on the first day of the suspension a sign must be posted at the entrance of the store notifying patrons of the nature and length of the suspension.