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Walmart Sells Alcohol to Underage Buyer

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Uploaded on Jun 17, 2010

by David Ham
PORTSMOUTH -- Agents with the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control went undercover Thursday to find people selling alcohol to underage buyers. You have to be 21 or older to buy alcohol.

So, to see if businesses are complying, a minor was sent in with her real identification with an agent watching.

The ABC says more than 90% of the time, clerks check IDs, but at a Walmart in Portsmouth, the clerk didn't check her age and sold her alcohol.

"The clerk never requested to see ID from the underage buyer. She run up the sale, paid, and walked out of the store," the agent said.

The clerk faces a misdemeanor charge and Walmart will be cited and face fines.

Walmart officials say the company has a strict policy for its employees about alcohol sales and adds what happened today was not a reflection of standards in place.

That store was the only one cited for underage alcohol sales during "tests" in Portsmouth and Chesapeake.

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