Operation Shoulder Tap is an initiative brought to fruition by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control in conjunction with 50 local law enforcement agencies throughout California. This operation is fairly simple but serves a very necessary purpose in keeping those that can purchase alcohol in check. “The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree and purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.” The sting was “designed to create awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and keep communities safe,” according to the release. Fresno County saw the largest number of individuals cited during the operation among counties in the central San Joaquin Valley, with 12 people facing fines.
As far as the consequences, the minimum fine is $1,000 and 24 hours of community service for selling alcohol to or purchasing alcohol for a minor, but that is the least of the repercussions that come from selling minors alcohol. “Unfortunately, thousands of young people die in alcohol-related tragedies every year in this country,” Eric Hirata, director for the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, said in the release. “This collaborative effort among California law enforcement agencies spotlights underage drinking prevention, increases public safety for communities, and boosts protection for California’s youth.”