Four city establishments were busted for selling alcohol to teenagers and were fined $250 after a hearing held at Tuesday's city council meeting. , Restaurant La Camelia, Clift's Liquors and the East Providence Bowling Center all were given the minimum fine as it was the first offense for all businesses.
The sting was facilitated by the East Providence Prevention Coalition (EPPC) and
A six-pack of Corona beer was purchased by a male teenager at Jordan's Liquors. The restaurants allegedly served two minors.
Kevork Moukhtarian, owner of Restaurant La Camelia, said his wife, who sold the alcohol, was a responsible person. The minors looked much older than teenagers, he said. Carding everyone, no matter the age, is now mandatory practice.
"Even grey haired people we're asking for their ID," he said. "They can camouflage themselves if they are minors."
Sgt. Andrews said officers gave the owner a "break" as anyone who serves a minor alcohol could be arrested.
The night got a bit more interesting after the East Providence Bowling Center bartender - that pled not guilty in East Providence Municipal Court and was found guilty - took the podium and said one of the teenagers stole the beer.
"I ran out looking for her," she said, adding she would take the matter up in Superior Court.
According to Sgt. Andrews, the money collected from fined business owners is collected and will be used to fund future EPPC underage drinking stings.