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'Shoulder-Tap' Sting Snares Booze-Buying Adults

Four Watsonville residents got ticketed for providing alcohol to underage youth.

In an effort to reduce juveniles' access to alcohol, Watsonville police used underage decoys to teach some grownups a lesson Thursday.

"Basically we did shoulder taps," Watsonville Police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said.

Police and agents from the state Alcohol Beverage Control worked with decoys to ask adults to buy alcohol for the decoys, according to police. Four adults were willing to purchase booze for the youth, Watsonville Police Master Officer Leo Kafer reported.

They were tickets for selling/furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor violation, Kafer reported

"If someone's asking you to buy alcohol, it's usually for an illegal purpose," Gonzalez said.

The shoulder-tapping crackdown is one of several elements for a National Office of Traffic Safety-funded grant to target underage alcohol consumption. The grant continues until June.

*MAN UNITED* February 28, 2012 at 06:10 PM
LOL! Really, adults are that naive to fall for the oldest trick in the book? They deserve to be fined!
Patricia February 29, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Our friend George Petroutsas was killed on a Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m. by a drunk driver ... and that driver was 18! If an adult provides the liquor to kids, he or she needs to be tapped hard on the head and fined heavily for contributing to the delinquency of the minors.
Jennifer Squires February 29, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Police Chief Manny Solano said the police department did more shoulder-tap operations Tuesday and ticketed more adults for their willingness to buy alcohol for minors.
Cathy P. February 29, 2012 at 05:19 PM
More idiots!!!
Colin Campbell Clyde March 01, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Everybody done moralizing yet? "Deliquency" - what is this, the 1950s? Lets see a show of hands: how many of you drank alcohol before you turned 21? Honestly.
Bill Neighbors March 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I agree with Patricia 100% Bill Neighbors

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