Editorial: Wine in Grocery Stores

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A message from Kim Pouncey, President of TopShelf:

I am not sure many are aware of the current carding laws in TN and when I say laws I mean, once Wine in Grocery Stores goes into effect we will have 3 separate laws in TN.

Having different requirements for on premise, beer sellers and yet another to include liquor stores and wine sellers creates confusion for companies, staff, and consumers. Without cohesion there is much frustration causing customers and sellers to feel it is just a big inconvenience.

The laws for On Premise sales are non-existent. The only requirement is that alcohol is not sold to someone under 21. It doesn’t matter if the ID is expired.

Responsible Beer Vendor (written by the TN Fuel and Convenient Store Association) includes a mandatory carding law stating anyone purchasing alcohol must show ID and the ID cannot be expired. This law applies to all beer sellers.

Wine in Grocery Stores (written by the TN Grocer and Convenient Store Association) also includes a mandatory carding law stating anyone purchasing alcohol must show ID and the ID cannot be expired. This law applies to all liquor stores and wine sellers.

There has been a clause added to both Mandatory Carding laws stating that law enforcement cannot impose a criminal citation to anyone not carding someone that doesn’t appear to be at least 50, although they can cite for a misdemeanor.

Carding requirements need to fall under one state law that can easily be explained as a law used to reduce underage sales and consumption, statewide. My feeling is this law should be applied to the entire state with no additional requirements allowed in individual cities and counties.

Items that need to be included: –

  • Acceptable forms of identification
  • Proper age requirement (anyone not appearing at least 40 is the norm)
  • A manager’s responsibility in the decision making process
  • What is considered reasonable care when checking IDs
  • When an expired ID is acceptable
  • Additional document requirements for temporary, interim and paper IDs

Kim Pouncey

865-300-6246

kpouncey@topshelfedu.com