Out­lets busted

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A Porirua su­per­mar­ket and two other lo­cal premises have been caught sell­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors.

The con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tion (CPO) was car­ried out by po­lice, the District Li­cens­ing Agency and Hutt Val­ley District Health Board dur­ing the week­end of Septem­ber 25-26.

Se­nior Sergeant Steve Sar­gent said two vol­un­teers, aged 15 and 17, vis­ited 14 off-li­cences and seven pubs. They man­aged to buy al­co­hol at two of the off-li­cences and one pub.

The lat­est op­er­a­tion came soon af­ter a KapiMana News ar­ti­cle in which Mr Sar­gent slammed lo­cal out­lets for re­peat­edly be­ing found want­ing in ear­lier CPOs. Seven were nabbed in two CPOs in July and Au­gust.

Mr Sar­gent says while it is good that 18 premises re­fused to serve or al­low the teenagers, it shows some are not learn­ing from past mis­takes.

‘‘One of the off-li­cences was a su­per­mar­ket which was caught in a sim­i­lar CPO only two months ago. In this in­stance, the 15-year-old vol­un­teer had se­lected a small wine gift pack con­sist­ing of a small bot­tle of wine, a small bag of cashew nuts and three choco­lates, all of which were in a see-through bag and had a red R18 tag.’’

Mr Sar­gent says the su­per­mar­ket didn’t ask the vol­un­teer to pro­duce iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­spite the prod­uct con­tain­ing al­co­hol.

‘‘It’s dis­ap­point­ing that we still have re­tail­ers pre­pared to sell al­co­hol to mi­nors. We will con­tinue to carry out these CPOs and any­one caught flout­ing the law can ex­pect to be caught.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions have been made to the Liquor Li­cens­ing Author­ity for all three premises to have their li­cences sus­pended.

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