If you want to buy alcohol in Seekonk next week, don't bother going to Cross Roads Convenience, located at 822 Fall River Ave. The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday suspended the store's license for five days as punishment for selling alcohol to a minor. The suspension will begin Monday.
Last month, a police officer spotted a person under 21 leaving Cross Roads with beer. The officer asked for the person's ID, which confirmed he was not of legal drinking age. Cross Roads attorney Michael Levinson told the selectmen the employee who sold the alcohol has been fired.
Cross Roads manager Demetrios E. Haseotos accepted the punishment, which includes the removal of all alcohol from the store during the suspension. Also, employees must complete alcohol sales training.
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Board Chair Francis Cavaco told Seekonk Patch that Haseotos must show proof by Dec. 1 that the employees have taken the training. If this deadline is not met, Haseotos will have to go before the board again.
Cross Roads is the second store to receive a liquor license suspension this year. Country Liquors received a five-day suspension in April following a sting from the previous month that caught former Selectman John Whelan selling alcohol to a 15-year-old girl. The store's license was suspended another seven days in June because employees had not completed alcohol sales training within the 60-day period established by the selectmen.