California To Soon Outlaw Alcohol Sales Through Grocery Self-Check Out

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – One of the new California laws set to take effect on January 1st would make it illegal to purchase alcohol in grocery store self-checkout lines in an effort to prevent minors from buying alcohol.

The new law, authored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) requires a face-to-face transaction with a grocery clerk.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

”I thought something like this was already in place,” said Jessica, a shopper. “That’s why I didn’t go through self checkout today. I went to the checker because I figured they’d have to check my ID. To me this just makes perfect sense.”

Sponsors of the bill included Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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  • Buzz

    Just another example of how stupid our legislatures are. They are forever making laws without thinking them through. Yet we vote for these morons. They should have thought this through and realized alcohol can and will be sold without an ID check. But NO!! As always, they are quick to make a law with loop holes.
    Like I said, morons.

  • Darwin

    HMMM, every time I buy alcohol at the self-check the system locks up until the clerk cards me. Yeah this was a major problem that required a law. It is time we switch back to a part-time legislature. Several other large states work just fine with part-time legislators.

  • Marissa Gates

    Because my grocery store has these self check stands, they don’t have a “10 items or less” register. Now it’s ridiculous that if I have 3 things that I can’t just go quickly through a check stand. The machine does lock up, and the person has to check my ID and put my birthday in the system, but it’s a lot faster than getting in line with people that have 100 things. This is a stupid law.

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