Teen decoys working with Pleasanton police find local stores won't sell them tobacco

Sting operation finds 40 tobacco retailers comply with law

Sometimes no news is good news and this is one of those stories.

Pleasanton police and underage decoys conducted undercover operations last week of 44 establishments that see if they would sell tobacco products to the underage decoys who were accompanying them.

Four of the locations were closed but of the 40 shops actually visited, these businesses refused to sell tobacco products which the decoys asked to buy.

Police Sgt. Maria Munayer said that while visiting each establishment, officers inspected the premises to ensure they were in compliance with mandatory posting of signs regarding the prohibition of tobacco sales to persons under 18 years of age. Officers also checked the businesses to make sure they had valid Tobacco Retail licenses.

In order to ensure on-going compliance with the law, Munayer said the Pleasanton Police Department will conduct similar operations in the near future.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Good news.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

How can this method of police work be applied to prevent drugs and alcohol availability to high school students?

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Posted by Inquiring Mind
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Mar 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I wonder how much this cost and if we paid any overtime for this. Seems like a lot of resources for no result.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2014 at 12:41 am

If you follow this story from the beginning you would realize at first they cited about half the establishments with selling to minors. The PD continued to employ these stings and over the coarse of a couple of years the establishments have stopped selling to minors. Great work PD!

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Posted by CM
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 31, 2014 at 9:31 am

I think that "no result" is exactly the result that you want in this type of operation. That not one store sold to a minor is considered a 100% passing grade. The next "no result" that would be a huge success would be no store selling alcohol to minors. I hope the PD stays vigilant in this area of enforcement. It is a slow process to complete compliance but well worth the effort.

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Posted by Waste of money
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Mar 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

What a crock and waste of money. Cigarettes are not healthy but in the overall scheme of things not our biggest issue. How about going after drugs and alcohol? There are underage parties all over this town every Friday and Saturday nights and the police know where these parties are at but don't address it with the parents or the underage kids. How about the epidemic of overweight kids and parents in this town. Talk about a health issue, Going here to the mall is like going to a livestock show. If this is all our police have to do then we have too many of them and we should reduce.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

As I recall the teens are volunteers who ride about with the PPD to learn more about what's it all about to be involved with law enforcement.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm

The majority of teens that I've known are really neat guys 'n gals! It's never a waste of to spend money on educating young Americans.


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Posted by crz
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Apr 1, 2014 at 5:36 am

teens that want to smoke are going to find a way no matter what. Same with parties.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Doing what we can to educate and protect teens from smoking is a good deed.

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Posted by tim
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm

if cigarettes are that bad for all, why not just outlaw them? oh ya, they generate a huge tax revenue stream.

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