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Published October 03, 2013, 09:13 PM

Fargo’s Lake Mode Liquors starts scanning IDs

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local liquor store is going a step further in keeping their products out of the hands of minors.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local liquor store is going a step further in keeping their products out of the hands of minors.

Lake Mode Liquors, which has two locations in the metro, is now scanning the IDs of each and every customer that comes through the checkout.

Lake Mode Liquors is the first liquor store in the area we know of that is using this technology.

They say the change helps prevent underage drinking and protects the store.

The end-of-the-workday rush begins at Lake Mode Liquors, but this time, customers have an extra step at the checkout.

Instead of simply showing their IDs, they hand it to the cashier, who scans it.

Michael North- Lake Mode Customer: "I think it's good. It protects them and the store."

Travis Wilson- Lake Mode Customer: "I think it's good. It will hopefully discourage some underage drinking."

Jodi Arneson- Owner: "They just take out their ID with the card simple as that and then they're out."

Owners Andre and Jodi Arneson say they made the change to avoid human error when checking IDs.

Andre Arneson- Owner: "Out-of-state licenses can be especially difficult."

Local safety coalitions perform monthly compliance checks and the repercussions for failing can be severe. The store could even lose its liquor license.

Jodi Arneson: "The employee who made the sale can be fined, so this protects them, as well."

And the system doesn't discriminate based on age.

Jodi Arneson: "Absolutely everyone. The system won't even let a transaction through without scanning an ID."

The card-scanning just started today at both Lake Mode locations.

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