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Oct 24, 2013 11:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Store Clerk Charged With Selling Alcohol To Minor In Westhampton Beach

Oct 29, 2013 12:40 PM

New York State Police cited a clerk at Westhampton Beach Fine Wine and Spirits for furnishing alcohol to a minor last Wednesday, October 23.

Linda Overton, 67, of Westhampton Beach, a clerk at the Montauk Highway store, was cited with unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, both misdemeanors, for selling alcohol to a minor during the undercover investigation, according to authorities.

Several other businesses were targeted during the sting operation but were found to be in compliance, according to State Police. They include: the Hess Mart on Montauk Highway in Quogue; the 7-Eleven on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach; the Valero gas station on Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach; East Quogue Pizza and Deli and East Quogue Wines and Liquor, both on Montauk Highway; Pete’s Deli and Cork N Jug Wines and Liquors, both on West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays; Hampton Deli on Flanders Road in Flanders; and the Shell gas station on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

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^^^ Seriously? So if someone complains that they think an establishment is letting minors buy alcohol, what is the local PD supposed to do? Just ignore it because the person behind the counter is "a little old lady"?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 24, 13 2:34 PM
it wasn't local it was state.

By Hambone (512), New York on Oct 24, 13 9:44 PM
67 is a little old lady?
By uoenu 1234 (3), east hampton on Oct 24, 13 2:55 PM
So turn a blind eye to an older individual and basically discriminate against those who are "younger" clerks.......come on......what's fair is fair
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Oct 24, 13 6:42 PM
State Police have different duties than Town Police who are "solving crimes" in Flanders.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 24, 13 8:13 PM
Funny that the 9 others targeted were in compliance but the article reads how one is not following the law.

Also, I've been in that wine store. There are no fine wines in there! Conversely if they had gone let's say to Six Corners and purchased a nice Montrachet would it be a crime to be so cosmopolitan. No bag wine there!
By Hambone (512), New York on Oct 24, 13 9:47 PM
These "underage" they send in usually appear to be of age. I am acquainted with a couple people who have been caught in a sting, and they can vouch for that.

If they didn't send in some babyface kid, that's just plain dishonorable.
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Oct 24, 13 10:49 PM
If it was 7 Eleven there would not be one comment of compassion. People would be calling for it to be shut down.
By deelove (150), Bridgehampton on Oct 25, 13 12:36 AM
I am only in favor of sting operations, "if someone complains that they think an establishment is letting minors buy alcohol", as Nature said. However, GENERAL sweeps like this one are invidious, unnecessary (as the dearth of arrests makes clear), and an expensive waste of police resources and time. Like those discrimination stings in which bogus minority couples take up realtors time posing as home buyers, these stings only create distrust and enmity in our community. In the absence of evidence ...more
By highhatsize (4149), East Quogue on Oct 25, 13 12:54 AM
I wouldn't be so quick to assume that the police just picked these places at random. My basis for that is that on Oct. 4th, it was reported in the Patch that:

A sting operation conducted by New York State Police on Monday night led to charges being filed against three clerks for selling alcohol to minors at three separate locations in Riverhead and Flanders.

At the Flanders Deli, on Flanders Road, a 16-year-old clerk from Flanders was charged with one count of unlawful dealing ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 25, 13 9:33 AM
Baed on the above reactions: Should we allow stores to sell to minors unless someone complains? The law says they have to ask for ID. How is the law supposed to be enforced without using these sting operations?

Here's something for all to consider: a minor goes into a store and is allowed to buy beer because the store did not ask for ID. That minor gets drunk from the beer, goes for a drive and kills someone. What would you folks say then?

Everyone would be bitching that ...more
By itsamazing (222), Southampton on Oct 25, 13 12:42 PM
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If the poor old lady forgot to ask for ID, she might forget to lock up or turn out the lights. Maybe just a whoops, could be all kinds of answers. Maybe Granny should give it up and stay at home if she can. I am 74 so I am not against old folks... Any way lets see what happens.....
By Tommy Turbo (59), Deep River, CT on Oct 27, 13 4:04 PM
a 67 year old today is like a 47 year old. Let her enjoy her youth and earn a living at the liquor store.
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on Oct 29, 13 6:18 PM
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