Walmart fined for third sales to minor
The Gardnerville Walmart will be required to stop selling liquor for seven consecutive days and pay a $2,000 fine after the third instance of selling alcohol to a minor.
Last week, the Douglas County Liquor Board also voted to require that Walmart conduct training for its employees.
All of the sanctions must be completed within 30 days of the board’s Aug. 17 meeting.
It has been less than two years since the last time the Liquor Board heard a complaint against the Grant Avenue superstore.
Unlike the Jan. 5, 2015, meeting, a Walmart representative did not attend the meeting, which was held in Stateline.
“This is kind of unique,” Pierini said. “We sent them a certified letter. This is about the first time nobody has shown up at this event.”
According to the sheriff’s report, the third violation occurred on Oct. 1, 2015, when a clerk sold beer to a 6-foot, 1-inch 17-year-old girl using a drivers license that said she was a 5-foot, 7-inch tall 33-year old woman. The license had also expired in 2007.
After the transaction, the clerk was cited for selling to a minor and the store manager was notified by the deputy who was conducting the sting.
“Over the past 15 years we’ve been doing this, we’ve not had very many third violations.”
He said they’ve never had a fourth violation. Even more rare is the levying of a fine, Pierini said.
The previous violations were on April 5, 2014, and Sept. 25, 2014.
On April 5, 2014, two girls working with the sheriff’s office purchased a 24-ounce can of Coors Light beer and gave the 53-year-old clerk an expired California drivers license in the name of a 32-year-old woman.
The clerk took the license, punched the birth date from the license and completed the transaction.
On Sept. 25, 2014, an 18-year-old clerk sold alcohol to a 17-year-old girl, also working a sting for the sheriff’s office.
The girl had a California license that showed a 33-year-old woman who was clearly not the girl and had expired in 2011.
In both instances the alcohol was taken from the minor, whose parents gave them permission to participate.
All three instances have already gone through East Fork Justice Court and convictions obtained against the clerk’s who sold the liquor to minors.
The Oct. 1, 2015, sting caught nine of two-dozen businesses checked. The Sheriff’s Office conducts checks every quarter as part of its liquor compliance program.
Second violations result in a warning and retraining.