Store Clerk Faces Charges For Selling Alcohol To Teen

The drunk driving death of a teenager in the East has led to charges against the store clerk who sold the teen alcohol, lawmen say.

Nineteen-year-old Cody Herman crashed into two trees in early November. Herman died after the crash in Gates County. Now state Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents have charged Joyce Parker for selling malt beverages to an underage person. Lawmen say Herman bought a significant amount of alcohol at the Family Foods of Sunbury, and then drank the alcohol at two house parties before his crash.

Herman's parents have requested that their son's mangled car be placed at Gates County High School for the holiday season so other teens can see the dangers of drinking.


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  • by casey Location: williamston on Mar 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Cody was best friends with my brother and sister. he was very close to my family also. I will miss him soo much. God bless his family.
  • by Karen Location: Chesapeake, Va. on Dec 11, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    I am a mom of 3 & my 22 year old niece is Cody's cousin. My heart & prayers go out to his family. They are a wonderful, loving family with the same concerns for their children as we all have. I just hope everyone keeps them foremost in their minds when making comments. Looking back, I would think most of us made some bad decisions at that age. If we were lucky, we learned from them, & moved on. Unfortunately Cody didn't get that chance & I commend his parents for putting his car out, so maybe somebody else's child would get that chance. I can only imagine how painful it is for them to see his car, so to put it out there takes a lot of strength & character on their part & for their son. I completely agree that the store clerk should be fired & charged. It took only that one store clerk to let it slide, & supply, not only Cody, but most likely, given the amount he purchased, many others who were underaged that night.
  • by concerned citizen Location: gates county on Dec 8, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    The people of Gates County need to be aware that there are services available for prevention of underage drinking. Gates County was designated by the state as having a high rate of underage drinking. Citizens of Gates County need to advocate for these services so that we will not loose another one of our youth to underage drinking. Ask your Commissioners where the services are for your kids before it's too late.
  • by TJ Location: Richlands on Dec 8, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    To Cody's family and friends, I can only imagine the pain and grief you are going through right now. I have two 19 year old boys myself and a daughter who is getting ready to drive. A parent can only hope and pray that their children make the right decisions when they get behing the wheel of their car. My sincere condolences for your loss. No one should have to feel such pain.
  • by Brian Location: Winton,NC on Dec 8, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Cody's family. The clerk was wrong for selling the alcohol to an underage person, but she didn't make him drink and drive. She sold it to him and he was killed the next night. No disrespect, but he was the one who went to the two house parties, drank alcohol, and then decided to drive home. There is no winner in this situation. True, the clerk should be dismissed from her job, but she should not face any criminal charges.
  • by jr Location: bath on Dec 8, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    yep, the law is the law. but it is a dumb law. if anyone wants to drink, they will find a way... and most (not all) underage kids want to drink. i'd much rather my kids drink at my house. that way, i can keep an eye on them and prevent them from driving. i am a realist on this matter.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 at 02:42 AM
    Most of you people are missing the point. I do not agree that a teen can be drafted into the armed forces, go to war and kill someone at the age of 18 but can't have a beer afterward, but IT IS THE LAW. Like it or not, PERIOD. If you sell beer and/or cigerettes, it is YOUR responsibility to card them. It is your job and it is the law. makes no difference how responsible you think this young man should have been. The law is the law.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    John,It is a felony for anyone; including parents ;to give,sell or buy alcohol for anyone under 21 years old.Laws; are out their to protect everyone.But they are only as good as the weakest link;this time the seller; for the dollar.It a very cheap price; for a life.So folks remember;when you use alcohol;you do not only hurt yourself;BUT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    "Friend of his". I rather have to agree with you, this is not the time or place to post wild speculation and opinions, now is a time of morning. God bless this family and his friends, a terrible loss.
  • by Friend of his Location: Gates County on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    Cody will be greatly missed and I don't appreciate the rude comments being made about his tragic death. I understand that you have your own opinion but you don't have to be rude about it. Also he did not have a fake id, he wasn't asked about his id at all. Yes it was his fault and yes he made a stupid choice but don't be so rude and disrespectful to the friends and family who read this. What if you were in their shoes would you like for someone to post things that some of you have posted? (no i don't think so). I will always miss and love him. RIP Cody F. Herman Also his parents are taking responsibility for what he did cause if they didn't why would they want his car placed at the high school this coming wednesday? Some of you need to grow up and let us finish grieving his death. THANKS! Love and miss you Cody!!
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