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Q Sweet shops sometimes restrict the number of children in the store to two or three at a time . Has anyone got a similar policy with boozy adults on a Friday night?
We rarely get more than three or four at any one time . We have one guy who cheerfully pretends to be shoplifting and
game that follows, when I have to leave the counter and
from his pockets . I don't like screened-off off-licences but if you're in a busy area and
open after 10.30pm, I think
it's the only
A We used to suffer from the
weekend stampede of
party-goers, and there were times when we lost stock
and staff were abused . Now we employ a security guard for the peak hours .
Q Where can I get sample-size disposable plastic tumblers for in-store tastings?
A For an environmentally friendly option I
from Kresse Wesling at Bio-Supplies (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07843 567935). Excellent service too!
Q Can a police officer or Trading Standards officer request you to halt an in-store tasting in an ill-judged effort to protect public morals?
A Certainly not in our case - we made sure sampling was included in the business plan we submitted as part of our premises licence application .
A If the tasting was turning into a bun
fight and people were getting drunk, maybe, but a sensible tasting
is not going to corrupt public morals.
Q Is it true you can catch unspeakable diseases by drinking beer straight out of the can?
Q Is bottle-conditioned ale a hoax? How do we know the yeast sediment was ever alive in the bottle?