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Re: photo id for alcohol and tobacco purchases

Cheryl, here is something that may help (instead of the governor’s office), “If you are uncertain as to the legality of a contemplated course of action, we strongly recommend you contact your legal representative or the State Liquor authority before proceeding.  On routine queries, we may be able to provide an answer via telephone or e-mail (www.abc.state.ny.us).  On more complex issues, we may request you submit your questions(s) in writing.”  From the “State Liquor Authority Handbook for Retail Licensees”.  To see the booklet use the abc link above.  Then click Retailers on the left column and Responsible Alcohol Sales from the menu that opens.

I wondered if there is a “personally known” exception.  For example, would a clerk card her neighbor if the clerk knows the neighbor graduated with her younger brother in 2003?  In the same way that Kevin knows those he purchased for, if you found a way to get to know a few of the Amish men, might that be a solution?  It would, of course, require some effort, however if the sales are important to the viability of the store, it might be a reasonable response.    --Kay

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