Local Oxford and Picayune Restaurants and Bars Receive Six Total Citations for Selling Alcohol to Minors
Investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division recently conducted alcohol and beer compliance checks in Oxford and Picayune resulting in the issuance of six total citations for selling alcohol to minors.
In Oxford on October 23, the following businesses received citations when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors:
Frank & Marlees 1210 Harrison Avenue 2 VIOLATIONS
Rib Cage of Oxford 311 South Lamar Boulevard VIOLATION 2nd Offense w/in a year
Soulshine Pizza Factory 308 South Lamar Boulevard VIOLATION
The following businesses in Oxford did not receive a citation when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors:
4 Corner Chevron 502 South Lamar Boulevard
Double Quick #24 1401 Jackson Avenue
Kendall’s Gas Mart 1455 South Lamar Boulevard
Lamar Express 1448 South Lamar Boulevard
Lamar Lounge 1309 North Lamar Boulevard
Levee of Oxford 1008 Jackson Avenue
Proud Larry’s 211 South Lamar Boulevard
Sky Mart Grocery 825 College Hill Road
Spot Store 1438 North Lamar Boulevard
The Corner Bar 1002 Jackson Avenue East
The following businesses in Oxford did not let anyone under the age of 21 inside:
Funkys 1012 Jackson Avenue
Rooster’s Blues House 114 Courthouse Square
The Round Table on the Square 132 Courthouse Square
The Library 120 South 11th Street
The Oxford Cellar 135 South 10th Street
If you sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21, you will pay a stout fine to the State between $500-$1,000 for a first offense, and if you continue to sell you could lose your permit to sell and possibly face a fine of $1,000-$2,000, and up to a year in jail. We appreciate the support and commitment of local law enforcement agencies, and I am certain that our combined efforts will vastly help reduce the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers.
At the core of this law is the safety of our young people. It simply states that it is illegal in Mississippi to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
In Picayune on October 21, the following businesses received citations when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors:
Applebee’s 715 Memorial Boulevard VIOLATION
El Mariachi 1210 S. Hough Avenue VIOLATION
The following businesses in Picayune did not receive a citation when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors:
The Italian Grill 1702 Hwy. 11
Rio Grand Grill 1413 Armand Drive
We conduct alcohol checks frequently. In these routine checks, we issue citations to bartenders or servers. We like to keep vigilance high, particularly in college towns, but also in surrounding areas, that we are out enforcing our state’s alcohol and tobacco laws statewide.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Division provides training for staff and management of any retail establishment which sells alcohol. I urge business owners and managers to contact my office, and ask for on-site training. The lives of our children and loved ones are at risk whenever alcohol consumption and driving are mixed. Other dangers include binge or excessive drinking which can also result in overdose, an accident or injury. Retailers who are vigilant in following the law can significantly improve a safe environment for all.
During the past fiscal year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit has conducted more than 6,000 compliance checks with 203 buys for a 3.28% buy rate across the state.