Easy for minors tobuy alcohol at Sharon kiosks

It is surprisingly easy for teenagers in the Sharon area to buy alcohol in contravention of the law, according to an expose in the Hebrew weekly Yediot Hasharon.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 18, 2007 12:18
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It is surprisingly easy for teenagers in the Sharon area to buy alcohol in contravention of the law, according to an expose in the Hebrew weekly Yediot Hasharon. And the newspaper found that the easiest place for them to do so is Ra'anana, while the hardest is Ramat Hasharon. According to the report, the newspaper decided to test how strictly local kiosks ("pitzutziyot") abide by the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, and sent a group of male and female high-school students out on a mission to try to buy one bottle of alcohol at each of 21 kiosks in Ra'anana, Kfar Saba, Herzliya, Hod Hasharon and Ramat Hasharon. Thirteen of the kiosks - more than half those tested - sold the alcohol to the youngsters, sometimes in plain view of prominent signs prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors. The report said Ra'anana was the most lax in its adherence to the law, with all the kiosks there selling alcohol to the teenagers, while Ramat Hasharon was the strictest, with the two kiosks tested there both refusing to sell alcohol to the youngsters. Herzliya had nine kiosks tested - the most of any city - and five sold alcohol to the teenagers while four refused. A police spokesman said that they are aware of the phenomenon of minors buying alcohol at kiosks, and are acting to enforce the law. He added that kiosks caught selling alcohol to minors are closed down and criminal cases are opened against their owners. But the newspaper pointed out that the police are apparently having little success.


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