VOX SHOP

23 August, 2007

Should off-licences sell child's sweets?

"We do because a lot of parents come in with their little ones. Occasionally the odd kid comes in on their own, but as long as the law's in place and you're a responsible retailer I can't see selling sweets is a problem."

Rachel Fosker

Moonshine Off-licence

North Walsham, Norfolk

"I try not to buy sweets for children because I don't want them in here. A lot of reps try to sell me sweets, but I tell them no. An off-licence is not a place for children."

Jackie Keen

Tarring Off-licence

Worthing, West Sussex

"I run a pure off-licence so I don't sell sweets for children. I don't want the headache. If children come into the shop on their own you can't watch them all the time and they could sneak a can in their bag. For 10 or 20 pence it's just not worth the trouble."

Sabesal Vadivelu

Hops & Grapes, Southampton

"We sell some and I think if you have a reasonable amount it is OK. I think it's a good idea to maybe have a partition for sweets."

Sha Mohammmed

Norvells Off-licence, Blyth, Northumberland




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