ID check reminder after bottle shop has its liquor licence suspended
By Andy Young
Liquor and Gaming New South Wales has reminded all licensed venues and their staff to check the age IDs of anyone who appears under the age of 25, after a bottle shop in the Sutherland Shire had its licence suspended.
Woronora Cellars at Woronora will have its licence suspended for three days from 4 April to 6 April after police officers found the store had served alcohol to minors under the age of 18.
In October last year police spoke to two minors aged 16 and 17, who said they had purchased six 750ml long neck beer bottles from the store. After police then questioned the licensee, Mr Peng Hu, he admitted that he had failed to ask for any age identification before selling the beer to the minors. In January, Hu paid a $1100 fine for the offence and this week Liquor and Gaming NSW suspended the store's licence for three days.
In a statement Liquor and Gaming NSW said: "The bottle shop has become the eighth NSW venue to have its liquor licence suspended under the Minor Sanctions scheme. It has also incurred a strike under the Three Strikes scheme.
"Liquor and Gaming NSW advises all licensed venues and their staff to check the age IDs of anyone who appears under the age of 25 to ensure they are of legal age before selling them alcohol, to avoid the risk of minors’ offences."