SHOPS are being reminded to check proof of age when selling alcohol, after a shop in Dawlish was among premises to fail a recent Trading Standards test.
That was a pointless exercise by Trading Standards as no law was broken.
How many times I've been in the co op in town (Dawlish) during the Summer's and seen young people buying alcohol without being challanged by the staff. Invariably the staff member's are chatting to the customer like they know them, what a surprise. I'm not saying they are underaged and if the staff member knows them well they most probably know how old they are. The problem is that it gives the impression to other customers that the staff aren't validating the age of these young people when they purchase alcohol.
I agree with burnside that this was a pointless excercise, Trading standards needs to get convictions against those businesses that flaunt the alcohol laws as it invariably has a knock on effect. That being anti social behaviour, criminal damage, hospital for those that drink to excess not counting police, fire and ambulance services having to be called.
As seen at the 2014 Party in the Park where kids went into the shops who sold them booze and then ran amok spoiling not just the day but ruined the future of the event as well.