My Turn: Educate, not intimidate, businesses
I am writing this column in response to a note that was posted by a resident of Truckee in regards to the sting operation.First of all, I would like to clarify the stand I have at the Glenshire General Store. I am totally opposed to the use of alcohol at ANY age and especially for minors. I personally stopped drinking 20 years ago. I have a husband and three teenage boys who know how adamantly I am against drinking alcohol. I am a volunteer at the high school and elementary school, I am the president of the Sierra Soccer Club and assistant coach to U15 boys soccer team, I raise money annually for the Joan Kelly Memorial Fund to support the kids in this community. I also donate whenever I can to Project Graduation to support a sober graduation for Truckee High School. At the Glenshire Store, I regularly hire kids who are trying to get off drugs and alcohol. I knowingly hire kids who are in counseling and on probation to try to help them get a new start in life. Ive even hired kids in the past who were not yet in any programs to try to help them. My staff can attest to the fact that I have trained them properly. I have been known to lecture both my staff and my customers regularly on the ill effects of alcohol and tobacco use. Secondly, the sting operation that took place here should be clearly explained so the public understands what actually transpired. It was an extremely busy lunch hour (as the ABC planned). We had at least 10 customers waiting to be rung up at the register along with others in the store. The decoy from the ABC approached the register with beer and my clerk asked him for ID. He presented an ID, which my clerk checked then looked at the counter to compare the date to the sticker I have posted and she then cleared him to purchase the alcohol. Unfortunately, the date she compared to was the date for the purchase of tobacco, not alcohol. It was a tragic and unfortunate mistake. No one in this store would intentionally sell alcohol to a minor. I would encourage the ABC to take a more positive approach and work with the stores in this area to combat the problem of underage drinking. There has to be a better way to work together on this and evaluate underage drinking with newer technology. I also believe that rather than a process of instilling fines there should be an education process. The clerks and store owners should be required to take some sort of class rather than being affected financially. The ABC should be on the path of education rather that intimidation.Tina Stull is owner of the Glenshire General Store.