Shop owner infuriated by proxy sales

16 April, 2010

An off-licence owner has hit out at police “double standards” after his warnings about a parent buying alcohol for her 11-year-old daughter were ignored.

Richard Genders, of the Bottle Stop in Stockport, alerted police after a woman came into the store and said she wanted to buy wine for her year-seven daughter to take to the school Christmas fair.

“I thought it was an odd thing to ask so I phoned the police and told them what had happened,” he said.

“I also called the school and they confirmed they had asked parents to buy wine to give to the children. I find it absolutely incredible they are asking people to buy alcohol for kids who aren’t old enough to drink. The school just didn’t seem to be bothered and I’ve heard nothing back from the police.

“The drinks trade is constantly being criticised in the media and they knock alcohol retailers at every opportunity – it’s total double standards.”?A spokeswoman for Bramhall High School said: “It was for our Christmas fair. We wouldn’t dream of getting older children to bring in wine, it’s only for the year sevens so we can monitor it fully.”?A Stockport police spokeswoman said the licensing team had been made aware of the complaint.

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