Scituate Selectmen held a liquor license violation hearing Wednesday night against Tedeschi’s Food Mart, located at 377 Gannett Road.
The board threw the book at Tedeschi’s, suspending their liquor license for one full week, 12/4 through 12/10.
Last August during a police sting operation, a 20 year old bought a six pack of beer at the store, without being asked for an I.D.
The store owner told the Board of Selectmen that they do not deny the charges and have fired the cashier.
The owner said, “I don’t know how to explain what happened that night. We fired the cashier right away. We immediately changed our policy. Now, we card every single person, no matter what. Every bit of alcohol that goes out of our store – if it’s a 90 year old woman, she gets carded. If she doesn’t have a valid I.D., it doesn’t go out. We’re just at your mercy and hope you consider that.”
Scituate Selectmen John Danehey responded by saying, “The problem in this town is that it has a problem with underage drinking and we cannot condone it. We can’t say to you folks, well, we’ll let it go by, because guess what? We are the providers that give you the liquor license. I’m very happy that you didn’t come in here and try and contest it. That means an awful lot. But you have to understand that my position is that, yeah, you’re going to go a few days without being able to sell liquor.”
Tedeschi’s liquor license could also be suspended for another 3 days by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. Last May they were caught by the A.B.C.C. for selling booze to a minor. That resulted in a three day suspension that was withheld for a period of two years, pending no additional violations.