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Caron's Corner Allegedly Sells Liquor to a Minor; Two Other Businesses Busted

In partnership with the Branford Police, Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection’s Division of Liquor Control conduct compliance at local businesses.

This Item is a Press Release from the Department of Consumer Protection Division of Liquor Control.

On Saturday, October 15, the Department of Consumer Protection’s Division of Liquor Control and the partnered with two youth volunteers trained and provided by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership to conduct an undercover liquor compliance operation in town. Of those visited, Branford Wine and Spirits at 384 East Main St., Carons Corner at 147 Montowese St., and The Crooked Shillelagh Pub at 576 Main St., were cited for selling alcoholic liquor to one of the minors, ages 16 and 17.

Twenty-eight businesses were checked for compliance with the State’s liquor law. Twenty-five of these passed.

The three stores that are alleged to have failed may face administrative action before the Liquor Control Commission. They are:

  • Branford Wine and Spirits, 384 East Main Street
  • , 147 Montowese Street
  • , 576 Main Street

If an allegation of sale to a minor is found to be true, each of the stores may be called to appear before the Liquor Control Commission at an administrative hearing to address the charges, and could face administrative penalties.

“I commend the 25 permittees who passed this check, and I thank the Branford police for continuing to assist us in our efforts,” Consumer Protection  ommissioner William M. Rubenstein said today. “Permittees are expected to take care not to sell alcohol to minors. Reducing youth access to alcohol can help to prevent needless tragedies.”

Emily Charles October 18, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Carons Corner? Wow, that's disappointing.
Cynthia Caron Tamsin October 19, 2011 at 01:49 AM
As an owner of Caron's Corner, I can assure you when it comes to the sale of beer and cigarettes, that all of our cashiers are trained, questioned and constantly reminded of the law and the importance of doing our part in the prevention of underage drinking and tobacco use. We receive letters several times a year stating that we have been checked by the state and did our job properly by refusing the sale to a minor participating in the "sting operation". On Saturday evening, this particular cashier typed in the identification provided by the minor THREE times, and three times it kicked the sale out of the system refusing the sale. This normally bright cashier failed to call for assistance and chose to override the system. The cashier has been removed from employment, consistent with store policy. This is NOT a reflection of how we do business. We have some great kids in this town and our goal is to keep them all safe. Cynthia Caron Tamsin
Nicole Ball October 19, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Cynthia, I want to thank you for your comment and informing the readers of how Caron's Corner does business. i appreciate that you took the time to post the comment. Thank you, Nicole Ball
sharon heslin October 19, 2011 at 01:42 PM
This is a well respected, family run business...unfortunately, sometimes mistakes happen. When this is the case, we learn from them and we do what we can to make sure it can never happen again. I never for one moment thought you would intentionally break the law, and most importantly, allow anyone to risk the safety of anyone. Cindy, thank you for your reply, and for the way you handled this...I love your store!
John F. Hines October 19, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Can they at least give a list of the businesses that complied?
Linda October 19, 2011 at 06:50 PM
John, I agree, let the publicity be Positive, can we only see the Negative????

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