Hey Heather, here’s a “loophole” you missed!


Apparently, kids can buy alcohol via Facebook.

Criminals are buying alcohol for under-age drinkers and advertising the service on social media, police say.

With New Year’s Eve on Thursday, police would be keeping a close eye on numerous Facebook groups that targeted young people, Wellington liquor licensing sergeant Damian Rapira-Davies said.

He knew of about a dozen sites, including one with a link to universities, on which people advertised their willingness to buy alcohol for under-age drinkers in exchange for money.

“They think we are oblivious and don’t know – we are well aware.”

On one site, unofficially linked to Victoria University, there were multiple alcohol sales visible on Wednesday, though they were not directly related to under-age drinkers.

Rapira-Davies said most of the Facebook sites were open to all, meaning people of any age could join.

He offered no apology to those worried that police were snooping by keeping a close eye on the pages.

“They can’t expect privacy if they are advertising on a public site a willingness to do criminal acts.”

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, supplying alcohol for minors comes with a fine up to $2000, while licensees who sell to under-agers can be fined up to $10,000 and have their licences suspended for up to a week.

Otago Medical School professor Jennie Connor was not surprised by the services now being offered via Facebook.

“The obvious thing is that people are using this to get around the law. My view it that the law is pathetic anyway.”

I’m surprised HDPA didn’t get on to this herself. Clearly, another law that’s pathetic and can be worked around by breaking the law!

Sorry, I mean, having a loophole exposed!


– Tom Hunt, Stuff

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