Employees at eight Ripon businesses were cited with selling alcohol to a minor during a recent “compliance check” using an underage decoy.

City of Ripon Police, in conjunction with Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County, conducted compliance checks at alcohol outlets in the city from March 6 to 8.

According to police, Ripon businesses where employees were cited include Ripon BP, Pick ’n Save, Miller’s Tavern, Pasttimes Bar, Zuzaks, Roadhouse Pizza, Pizza Hut and Alibi’s.

Training had been offered and presented to businesses interested, and two sets of letters were sent putting business owners on notice that compliance checks had been planned and would follow the distribution of the second letters.

Of 24 checks completed, eight outlets failed and 16 passed for a compliance rate of 67 percent.

Some made the sale after viewing the underage decoy’s actual underage ID. Some clerks were willing to make the sale without viewing the ID. Some were stopped by cash registers that refused to allow it when the would-be buyer’s birth date was entered.

City of Ripon Police, in collaboration with all Fond du Lac County law enforcement agencies and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County, are working to reduce access to alcohol by minors.

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