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Police Arrested Hundreds of People for Buying Alcohol for Minors This Weekend

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Over the weekend, police arrested hundreds of people statewide as part of a sting targeting adults who buy alcohol for minors.

The Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation (really, that’s what it’s called) managed to net 536 citations and arrests, CBS reported. Police basically had minors play “Hey Mister” and then arrested people who bought them alcohol, citing them with a minimum $1,000 and community service.

This is the third year the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has organized the effort.

To those who think it’s harmless to buy alcohol for minors, ABC spokesman John Carr said in a talk with KNX 1070’s Ed Metz:

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“It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. We lose too many young people in DUI crashes. So if we can get this message out, help keep you safe, then it gets the discussion going.”