A STING operation caught a Huddersfield shopworker selling alcohol to a boy of 14, a court heard.
Nicola Tolson, 32, of Marsden Lane, Marsden, pleaded guilty at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court to selling four cans of Carlsberg lager to the teenager.
He had been employed by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and the sale took place at the Little Shop, in Marsden Lane, on August 22 last year.
Shop owners Stephen Brier, 53, and Elizabeth Hardcastle, 54, of Blagden Lane, Newsome, pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to a minor and not displaying the correct licensee details.
Carol Holberry, prosecuting, said: "This particular action follows a campaign targeting the sale of alcohol to children in the area.
"A letter was sent to the owners before August 22, stating that there had been a complaint about the shop selling intoxicating liquor to under-18s.
"On the day, a trading standards officer entered the shop and a few seconds later was followed by the boy.
"The boy selected the alcohol and approached the till.
"He was not asked for any form of identification by Nicola Tolson.
"When the officer was in the shop she also noticed that the details which should be displayed above the door, by law stating who is the licensee, were not there," said Ms Holberry.
Magistrates fined Tolson £100 and ordered her to pay £50 costs. Brier and Hardcastle were fined £500 each and ordered to split £429 costs between them.
Andrew Bibby, principal officer for West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said the ruling should send a message to other shopkeepers.
He added: "Alcohol- fuelled anti-social behaviour is a real problem in many communities.
"We believe the test purchase operations we have carried out - and the level of fines imposed by the magistrates - will deter those still willing to make illegal under-age sales.
"The court made it abundantly clear that holders of justices' licences must take their legal responsibilities seriously," said Mr Bibby.