Booze ban for second Wellington supermarket over underage sales
Another of Wellington's leading supermarkets is to be given a five-day alcohol ban after selling to two 16-year-olds who showed their genuine passports.
Police have confirmed New World Wellington City in Wakefield St, generally known as Chaffers New World, will be banned from selling alcohol from August 22 to 27 after it was caught in the same sting as Kilbirnie's Pak 'n Save.
Two 16-year-old boys were allowed to buy alcohol at the New World supermarket, despite producing genuine passports when asked for proof of age, Sergeant Damian Rapira-Davies said.
"You don't need a fake ID. You can get by on complacency," he said.
A supermarket spokesperson, who would not be named, said it had had no notification from police about a ban, and declined to comment further.
Pak 'n Save's hefty financial penalty, which was not opposed by owners Foodstuffs, began on Saturday and will finish on Thursday.
A Foodstuffs spokeswoman said on Monday the checkout operator had been dismissed.
Two other inner-city liquor outlets were also snared selling booze to the two boys on the same early May evening as the supermarkets, while 11 other stores refused to serve them.
Rapira-Davies said Cuba Liquor World was given a 48-hour alcohol ban, and Assembly Bar in Courtenay Place had already served its three-day ban.