Five of six licensed businesses tested in Grant County refused to sell alcohol to a minor during a recent compliance operation conducted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and John Day Police.

The liquor-sales businesses that said "no" to a minor attempting to buy alcohol were: the Dayville Liquor Store in Dayville, and El Teulito, the Grubsteak Mining Co., the John Day Golf Club, and John Day Liquor Store, all in John Day.

The business that failed the test was the Mountain View Mini-Mart in Prairie City, according to the OLCC.

An OLCC inspector, a John Day police officer and two minor volunteers did the compliance testing in April 28 as part of the OLCC's priority effort to fight underage drinking.

In a compliance test, the underage volunteer attempts to buy alcohol from licensees or their employees to determine if they are properly checking identification and obeying state law prohibiting alcohol sales to anyone under 21. The minors are supervised by OLCC inspectors or other law officers, carry their own legal ID and are advised not to disguise their age or encourage the sale of alcohol.

Store clerks who provide alcohol to minors are cited into court and face at least a $350 fine. Waiters, servers, bartenders and other OLCC service permittees face a $300 administrative fine.

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