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This sign was posted earlier this month at Rite Aid in Federal Way. The store
This sign was posted earlier this month at Rite Aid in Federal Way. The store's liquor license was suspended from June 1 to June 8. The suspension resulted from an April violation in which the store sold alcohol to a minor.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

An article in the June 8 Mirror really made me steam. Rite Aid liquor sales. First off, a store should not be made responsible for figuring anybody’s age.

Second, when somebody 16 years of age gets a license, it lasts for five years. So they turn 21 before the license expires. This could be changed by having the license expire at age 21, no matter what age they are when getting licenses. Then no one would have to figure the age. If they had an intermediate license, they should not be allowed to buy liquor at anytime.

Of course somebody would be missing out on money — no more fines.

I just heard about all the accidents from underage drinking and driving. Anybody knows that youngsters don’t go to big box stores to buy liquor. They have friends, uncles, older brothers, sisters, etc. People don’t understand that when this happens, the clerk is fined, has to go to court, is charged with supplying liquor to an underage person, and is charged with a misdemeanor. And the store has to pay a fine.

So state enforcers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco could work to have this changed so they could be out getting the real bad guys.

The clerk is trying to make a living and gets set up, and they will possibly get fired. Just one of many things in the law that has to be changed.

Norma Blanchard, Federal Way


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