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Liquor stores have licenses suspended over sales to underage RIT students

Two liquor stores in Henrietta had their license to sell alcohol suspended, according to the New York State Liquor Authority. (SBG file photo)

Chili, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two liquor stores in Henrietta had their license to sell alcohol suspended, according to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA).

The two businesses - Father Son Wine & Spirits and Joey's Mini Mart - are located in the same building at 1735 Scottsville Road.

The suspension stemmed from an investigation by an underage agent with the SLA. On September 15, the agent was denied an alcohol purchase at Father Son Wine & Spirits after handing his NYS driver's license to the clerk at the store. However, the investigator watching the attempted transaction watched several other customers who appeared to be underage leaving the store and Joey's next door with bottles of liquor and beer.

On October 31, an SLA investigator talked with the RIT Public Safety Manager about underage alcohol sales at the two businesses. The investigator learned the students were using their college IDs, which do not show a date of birth.

Five underage RIT students then admitted to buying alcohol at either store, saying it was "common knowledge on campus" that underage students could buy alcohol using their RIT student ID card.

On December 15, a second undercover operation was made. This time, an underage agent was able to buy a one liter bottle of vodka. During this visit, two other students who appeared to be underage walked out of the liquor store with a box of liquor. Both students admitted they were underage and had bought alcohol at the liquor store several times in the past using their RIT ID cards.

The SLA charged Father Son Wine & Spirits with six counts of sales to minors and Joey’s Mini Mart with three counts of sales to minors on Wednesday.

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