June 8, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Teaneck store victim in prohibition crackdown

According to this AP story in the Boston Herald, Teaneck liquor store (with lots of kosher wine) has commited the heinous crime of shipping alcohol across state lines:
BOSTON - At the direction of investigators, underage college students ordered dozens of bottles of beer, wine and alcohol from online retailers and had the booze shipped to their homes - helping the state crack down on Internet liquor sales to minors.

From that sting, four online retailers that did not have state licenses were sued by the state this week for failing to verify the ages of their customers. And three shippers - FedEx, UPS and DHL - now face an administrative hearing for allegedly delivering the alcohol to minors, Attorney General Thomas Reilly said Tuesday.

While I know we're all supposed to be sober suburban litvaks here in Teaneck, I can't help but wonder: What would the Ba'al Shem Tov say about this?