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Two Enfield Liquor Stores Caught Selling to a Minor

A news release from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Agents from the Department’s Liquor Control Division and officers from the Enfield Police Department conducted undercover compliance checks of 22 package stores and grocery stores licensed to sell beer Saturday. 

A volunteer minor who had been trained by the Governor's Prevention Partnership worked in tandem with enforcement officers and assisted in the operation by entering each store and attempting to purchase beer or liquor.

Of the 22 stores tested for compliance, it is alleged that two failed by selling to the undercover youth. Those stores which allegedly failed and may face administrative action are the Galaxy Liquor Store at 247 Hazard Avenue, and Enfield Discount Wine and Liquor at 95 Elm Street.

Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said that routine compliance checks help the agency to identify businesses that knowingly or unknowingly sell alcohol to minors and bring them back into compliance with state law. However, compliance checks are not intended to hurt local businesses, he added.

“We don’t try to trick or entice establishments to sell alcoholic beverages to youth,” Rubenstein said. “If asked for proof of age before making a liquor purchase, the volunteer youth will hand over his or her actual photo I.D., which clearly indicates that they are underage.”

The Commissioner thanked the Enfield Police Department for their assistance on the local compliance operation, and congratulated local retailers.

“Although 100% compliance is our goal, we are gratified that more than 90% of the permit holders in Enfield passed this compliance check by not selling to the volunteer youths, and requested proof of age from them, as the law requires,” Rubenstein said. “We will continue our enforcement efforts toward achieving our goal of full compliance.”

The businesses that allegedly sold to a minor will be brought before the Liquor Control Commission for an administrative hearing, at which time they will have an opportunity to address the charges.

Timp February 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
So tell me why does Enfield need 22 Package stores In the first place???? Their nothing but legalized Drug Dealers anyway,Alcohol is a very dangerous addictive drug that causes many problems for many people!!!!!!!! Enfield only needs 3 or 4 stores to sell it not 22! How many Pharmacies do we have they also sell drugs that are regulated as well??? (Think about it)!!!
Timp February 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Yes now that I think about it Alcohol should be regulated like Pharmaceuticals. It should be hooked up Nationwide or (Nationally) on a computer system; When, Wear & How Much you can buy! That way it would be regulated and could be controlled like a prescription. You only can buy so many ounces of Alcohol by volume in an hour or a day. The system could be hooked up every wear that Alcohol is sold. Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Civic Centers, Package Stores and Special events like the 4Th of July or a Concert. If you don't control how much someone can have then it becomes dangerous not just for them but for everyone just look at the fatal car wreck that just happened yesterday in this Town. This guy was seen at 2 different Bars! I wounder how many package stores he went to before he got their?(Something else to think about)!!! Has to be like a CVS or DMV Nationwide if you really want to control it and make a difference!!!!! A lot of people don't think about how much they have consumed when they are drinking just about whats happening around them at the time and their good time! Alcohol is a time released sedative and that's the problem with it. In most cases making it dangerous for someones to control their judgements it also effects their abilities to do things in a normal way. People become dumb when they are drinking!!!
Joe Saxton February 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Why not just put a micro chip in everyone.
dave wilcox May 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
lets start prohibition, since it worked out so well the first time around

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