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On Tuesday evening, September 11, Roseville Police Crime Suppression Unit officers conducted a “Shoulder Tap” sting outside Roseville convenience stores. A teenager under the constant supervision of police officers stood outside the stores and asked adults going into the store to purchase alcohol for him.

The teenage operative contacted 33 adults, and fortunately all but one of them refused to furnish alcohol. One adult accepted the teen’s money and purchased beer for the youth. Officers contacted her immediately after the transaction and cited her for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Adults who are convicted of furnishing alcohol to minors are subject to a $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.  “Furnishing” includes either giving alcohol to minors or buying it for them. Adults can be held responsible whether the  furnishing occurs in private homes, or in businesses or other public places. If the minor drinks the alcohol and then gets injured or dies, or causes injury or death to anyone else, the adult who furnished the alcohol to the minor can go to jail for six months to a year.

Funding for Roseville Police Department’s Shoulder Tap operations is provided by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The purpose of Shoulder Tap is to reduce underage drinking by discouraging adults from furnishing alcohol to minors.