Clarkston gas station's liquor license suspended for 15 days after selling to minors

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CLARKSTON (WJRT) (9/22/2017) - A Clarkston gas station will not be allowed to sell alcohol for 15 days beginning Sept. 29 after employees were caught selling alcoholic beverages to minors three times in 2016.

Dandy Oil, which is the Citgo station at 5465 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston, was caught selling alcoholic beverages to underage customers on April 21, Aug. 2 and Dec. 13, 2016, according to the Michigan Liquor License Control Commission.

On April 21, an employee sold a 24-ounce can of Labatt’s Blue Light to a minor whose ID clearly had “Under 21” above their photo in red type.

On Aug. 2, an employee sold a 23.5-ounce can of Mike’s Hard Black Cherry Lemonade to a minor even though the purchaser could not produce an ID verifying their age.

On Dec. 13, an employee sold a can of Mike’s Hard Black Cherry Lemonade to a minor without asking for identification.

Dandy Oil has held a liquor license since October 1989 and has failed controlled buys to minors operations 12 separate times, has been fined $8,150, and has served a three-day suspension in the past, the liquor license control commission reported.

The 15-day suspension will be served from Sept. 29 through Oct. 13.

“The Commission is required by law to hold these hearings in order to provide an additional penalty to the licensee and, more importantly, to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the public,” said MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney. “With the testimony heard and the exhibits presented on the record at the hearing, the Commission felt this was a just and appropriate penalty.”

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