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ATC busts stores for selling to minors during undercover investigation

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BATON ROUGE - An 18-year-old walked into a Baton Rouge convenience store recently and bought an alcoholic beverage, without any repercussions.

The catch is that she was part of a recent undercover sting by Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

The undercover operative was wearing a camera and followed by an ATC agent with a spy camera of his own. After completing a sale, the ATC agent steps in and confronts the clerk about the violation.

One store clerk said he couldn't tell whether a drink was booze or an energy drink.

"I did not really recognize that it was an alcohol can. I thought it was an energy drink can, so that was my mistake," they said.

ATC says they've checked more than 400 businesses in Louisiana in the past two weeks. Around 17 percent of businesses failed the compliance check after selling alcohol to the minor operative.

Customers with kids of their own feel upset that it's that easy for kids to get alcohol.

"It makes me feel sick because it's not right," said Barney Huggins. "I mean if they see me they can ask me, but they should ask everybody that comes in there. Card them."

Store clerks that are caught selling to minors were ticketed and have to pay a fine.

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