Liquorland outlet shut down for selling alcohol to minors

January 1, 2019
By Alana House

Bondi Junction Liquorland has been ordered to shut for 10 days during January after being caught serving alcohol to minors.

It’s the second time Liquorland Bondi Junction has had its liquor licence suspended for selling alcohol to minors – the business was given a 14-day suspension in 2015.

In the latest ruling, the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has suspended the business’s liquor licence from January 14 to 23.

The offence occurred on March 17, while NSW police were conducting an operation at Eastgate Shopping Centre. They saw a 30-year-old man buying a carton of beer for a group of eight to 10 minors.

While police detained the group for questioning, they saw a 16-year-old boy leave the shopping centre carrying a six-pack of beer.

The boy had bought the beer from Liquorland without being asked for identification.

The 19-year-old salesman said he believed the minor looked over the age of 25. His employment was subsequently terminated.

Liquor & Gaming NSW Deputy Secretary Paul Newson said serving alcohol to minors is one of the most serious offences under NSW liquor laws due to the high risks of harm.

“This case should serve as a reminder to all venues, particularly during the festive season when risks of alcohol-related harm are heightened,” he said.

“Takeaway alcohol outlets also need to be vigilant for offences whereby minors solicit adults to buy alcohol on their behalf.

“Under the Minors Sanction Scheme, escalating penalties apply for selling alcohol to under 18s including liquor licence suspensions, cancellations and disqualifications.

“Licensed venues are advised to ask for age ID of any patrons who appear under the age of 25.”

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