Most people in Texas understand why store clerks have to check a customer's identification when he or she wants to buy alcohol. Stores have this identification policy because they want to discourage underage drinking and because they do not want to get into trouble.
Recently, that's exactly what happened to a 20-year-old cashier at the Biggas Truck Stop in Bryan. He allegedly checked the license of a young woman who wanted to buy alcohol and then allowed her to complete her purchase even though her license showed that she was not 21 and so could not buy liquor legally.
Unfortunately for the young man, the customer was actually working on behalf of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. He has now been charged with selling alcohol to a minor, which is a Class A misdemeanor. He turned himself into Brazos County Jail on Monday and was released after posting bail. He now faces jail time of up to a year and a fine that could reach $4,000.
The Alcoholic Beverage Commission is also poised to review all of Biggas Truck Stop's licenses and permits.
While it is good that we as a society are doing what we can to prevent people who are not mature enough from drinking, does this strike you as a little harsh? Four thousand dollars is a lot of money for anyone, but especially for a 20-year-old who works as a clerk, and a year in jail? That is very harsh.
What do you think? Is this too much, or does the possible punishment fit the crime?
Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Store clerk charged with selling alcohol to a minor," April 3, 2012