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Alcohol Delivery Services need robust training and equipment for age verification

An August 2021 news article in the UNSW Sydney studied world wide Alcohol Delivery Services and in particular noted significant age verification flaws. The researchers compared the policies governing online alcohol sales and home delivery in 77 jurisdictions across six countries. They also conducted a literature review of studies evaluating whether online alcohol retailers comply with age verification requirements. They found that most jurisdictions permit the online sale and delivery of alcohol, but only seven jurisdictions (none in Australia) needed age to be verified online at the time of purchase. Without age checks online, the only barrier to a minor...

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How a point of sale (POS) system fail for preventing underage sales

Here’s an example of how a point of sale (POS) system fail for preventing underage sales  A store was fined in 2019 for selling to underage. Since the first infraction, the point of sale has been updated so employees cannot override the birthdate requirement. Identification must be scanned or a date of birth manually entered. Sounds good so far, the store had an issue, and they upgraded their point of sale system to check for underage.  Now the problem - the employee who sold the beverages entered his own birth date rather than check the ID of the agent. This is...

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Underage drinking is a $57B problem

Underage drinking not only has serious health consequences for youth, but also costs the US billions of dollars. In 2013, underage drinking costs citizens of the United States $56.9 billion, according to data from the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center. These costs include medical care, work loss and pain and suffering associated with underage drinking. Some of the specific problems associated with underage drinking include homicide, suicide, violent crime, property crime, high-risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning and the need for alcohol treatment. Each of these problems has a financial cost. Nationally, the largest economic loss from underage drinking...

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Parents are now reports places that sell alcohol / tobacco to their kids

We are seeing a growing trend of parents that report sales to minors to the police. The police are responding with surveillance and increased testing. Large fines, arrests, and revocation of sales license are resulting. Latest story on this.  Stores need to get a Minor Decliner ID Scanner to avoid these problems asap. 

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Store Sales Associates should insist on a Minor Decliner

The pay is challenging, the hours long, and customers difficult. You have long line, and it's been a long day. If you make a mistake, not only can you get fined, you can get arrested. It is happening every day.  Sales associates arrested for selling to underage  You have the protection of a alarm system and a timed safe. You need the protection of an age verification system that works. Its fast and will prevent a critical mistake. 

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