Seven San Mateo and businesses were cited last Monday for selling alcohol to minors in a compliance sting, police announced Friday.
The police department, in conjunction with the Pacifica and South San Francisco police and the California Department of Beverage Control, sent decoys into 18 locations Monday, Aug. 19. Of those, seven businesses were found in violation and now face hefty fines or possible license suspension by the ABC, according to police.
The businesses are La Morenita Market at 1519 S. Claremont St., San Mateo Liquor at 254 S. B St., 2nd Avenue Market at 503 Second Ave., Key Market at 500 S. Norfolk St., Padda’s Market at 3 N. Kingston St., and Hillsdale Market at 212 E. Hillsdale Blvd. Everybody’s Market at 916 E. Fourth Ave. was also cited which marks its second violation within a year, according to police.
Those with a first violation face fines between $750 and $3,000 or a 15-day suspension. A second violation carries fines between $2,500 and $20,000 or a 25-day suspension, according to police.