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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 03/16/2010

Three Howard County stores caught in alcohol sting

By Washington Post editors

Three liquor stores in Howard County have been cited for selling alcohol to minors during a recent undercover operation, police said Tuesday.

St. John’s Liquors in Ellicott City, a 7-Eleven on Frederick Road in Ellicott City and All Saints Liquors in Laurel will be brought before the Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board for the violations.

As part of the test, a 20-year-old volunteer working with Howard County police entered the stores and attempted to purchase alcohol. Clerks in the three stores asked to see ID, but in aIl three cases sold alcohol to the volunteer even though his Pennsylvania driver’s license clearly indicated he was younger than 21. Four other stores visited during the operation did not sell to the volunteer.

Police encourage residents who are aware of underage drinking or establishments that sell
alcohol to minors to call 410-313-STOP (7867).

By Washington Post editors  | March 16, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
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Why is it that at 18 you can fight a war and get yourself killed, but you have to be 21 to buy a beer. What a bunch of crock...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 16, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Exactly right. Making the drinking age 21 is just plain stupid.

Posted by: gkrehbiel | March 17, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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