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Canberra teen snitches ratting out half of Canberra business?

By johnboy 20 February 2013 25

The ABC has the truly remarkable news that:

Almost half of Canberra businesses inspected have been caught selling cigarettes to children.

As RiotACT is amongst the we suspect large group of Canberra businesses that don’t even sell cigarettes our minds boggle as to which software consultancies and hairdressers are moonlighting in the ciggie trade.

Sadly it seems the Government tactic of recruiting teenagers to try and entrap store owners is working beyond expectation:

“The use of underage purchase assistants is common practice in a number of other jurisdictions around the country,” he said.

“It’s the first time it’s been used here in the ACT and it’s already proving its worth by catching out a significant number of retailers.”

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Flippant 8:43 am 21 Feb 13

Pork Hunt said :

Henry82 said :

Also, i don’t think i could name 24 places in Canberra where you could buy cigarettes.

Every Woollies, Coles, Supabarn and IGA. Further, every service station, club, pub and milk bar/take away.
There, I’ve done it for you.

Pork Hunt I believe this little piggy has stayed at home too much of late and your bacon has not graced one of Canberra\’s drinking establishments in quite a while.

Vending machines are BANNED
Smoking indoors is BANNED
Smoking outdoors is BANNED or subject to strict guidelines enabling a venue to have a Designated Outdoor Smoking AREA (DOSA)
The sale of cigarettes are subject to strict guidelines and are contained behind blank cabinets not to be viewed by consumers.

So why would a licensed venue sell something that cannot be used or consumed on their premises. That doesn’t doesn’t make good business sense now does it?

These days smokers are turfed out to the fringe public areas adjoining venues and kept a bay by burly door man to ensure their fetid smoke does not affect their O2 only compatriots.

DrKoresh 1:45 am 21 Feb 13

resident_weevil said :

CaseyRyback said :

9 out of 24 (37.5%) isn’t “almost half”

Yes it is. It’s 3/8ths. That’s only one eighth away from half!

Stop being ignorant, it’s also 30/80ths, that’s a whole ten eightieths away from a half!

damien haas said :

i’m awaiting the lawsuits from the teenage snitches in say 30 years time when the emphysema kicks in.

Its a small step from purchasing to trying ‘just one’…

Its also curious that they target just tobacco, and not alcohol or *illegal drugs*. Its almost as if it was a religious war being fought.

Aside from the fact that they wouldn’t be allowing these traitors to keep the goods, how exactly do you think they can tackle illegal drugs using children? I could maybe name a few names, but again I’m not going to. I depend on these people for the intoxicants the Government has arbitrarily decided I’m not entitled to use.

resident_weevil 10:37 pm 20 Feb 13

CaseyRyback said :

9 out of 24 (37.5%) isn’t “almost half”

Yes it is. It’s 3/8ths. That’s only one eighth away from half!

buzz819 9:19 pm 20 Feb 13

Duffbowl said :

buzz819 said :

Duffbowl said :

damien haas said :

i’m awaiting the lawsuits from the teenage snitches in say 30 years time when the emphysema kicks in.

Its a small step from purchasing to trying ‘just one’…

Its also curious that they target just tobacco, and not alcohol or *illegal drugs*. Its almost as if it was a religious war being fought.

There is similar policing of alcohol sales. I’ve been in two different outlets when they’ve been assessed.

It does seem that it’s not so heavily publicised by the Gubmint.

Hmm… This statement is totally wrong, there is no legislation that allows the government to use kids to purchase alcohol, like they can with the kids.

What they aim for is breaches under the Responsible Service of Alcohol guidelines. This doesn’t require an adolescent to attempt to purchase, just someone who looks like one.

What? Do you even know what you are talking about? There is no offence for selling alcohol to someone who “looks” like they are under age, it is only an offence if they are under age.

Trust me, when it comes to this topic I am an expert, so half baked ideas aren’t going to get you any where.

Duffbowl 8:24 pm 20 Feb 13

buzz819 said :

Duffbowl said :

damien haas said :

i’m awaiting the lawsuits from the teenage snitches in say 30 years time when the emphysema kicks in.

Its a small step from purchasing to trying ‘just one’…

Its also curious that they target just tobacco, and not alcohol or *illegal drugs*. Its almost as if it was a religious war being fought.

There is similar policing of alcohol sales. I’ve been in two different outlets when they’ve been assessed.

It does seem that it’s not so heavily publicised by the Gubmint.

Hmm… This statement is totally wrong, there is no legislation that allows the government to use kids to purchase alcohol, like they can with the kids.

What they aim for is breaches under the Responsible Service of Alcohol guidelines. This doesn’t require an adolescent to attempt to purchase, just someone who looks like one.

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