The adage, "Misery loves company" would seem to solidly apply to the owners of nearly a dozen Wallingford liquor stores, given their recent ensnaring in an undercover police scheme focused on ID checks.
A 19-year-old teenager either plays the role of an older adult quite convincingly, or clerks in multiple Wallingford liquor outlets simply weren't on their "A" games on two days last week, when that minor sought to illegally purchase alcohol.
In fact, she succeeded in 11 of 13 attempts, marking a success rate that clearly perturbed local authorities. Reportedly, only two of the stores she entered -- the two that ultimately turned her away -- asked for identification, which she lacked.
Wallingford police officials vowed in the wake of the sting that they will conduct similar probes in the future.
It pays -- and in a most literal sense -- for proprietors of stores that sell liquor to pay closest attention to that admonition. The 11 businesses that allowed the juvenile to buy alcohol will be in court this Friday, responding to criminal citations for Selling Alcohol to a Minor. A media story reporting on the compliance check notes that their owners "could face penalties ranging from a fine to a suspension of their liquor licenses."
We note the many exactions placed upon Connecticut liquor sellers, distributors and manufacturers on a page discussing liquor law at the long-established New Haven law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis, PC. We particularly point out the "costly surprises" -- just like the one related in today's blog post -- that can suddenly emerge for industry participants.
We help those businesses safeguard their legal interests in the complex realm of Connecticut liquor law in myriad ways, including through diligent defense strategies aimed at securing best-case outcomes in sales-to-minors cases.
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