Shoebury store owner cautioned for selling fake booze

Shoebury store owner cautioned for selling fake booze

Shoebury store owner cautioned for selling fake booze

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A CONVENIENCE store owner has been cautioned for selling fake booze.
The Village Stores in High Street Shoebury was reported to Southend Council in the summer by a customer who paid £6 for what he thought was a bottle of Jacobs Creek wine. His wife took one sip however and spat it out as it tasted vile and the couple took the bottle to trading standards.


Following an investigation the wine was found to be fake and two more bottles from the store were seized but the owner believes she may have been duped by a supplier.


Mrs Holden, who declined to give her first name, said: “I have no idea how they got there. They didn’t have a price sticker on them, just hand written prices. Either someone has a grudge against me and put them on my shelf or maybe they switched a couple of bottles in the delivery.
“Trading standards asked me to sign a caution and I signed it in good faith but I don’t know how those bottles got on the shelf.”


The customer who bought the wine asked not to be named. He said: “I wouldn’t normally buy wine from a corner store but we had friends round and had run out of wine. I couldn’t drive as I had already had a glass or two so I took a chance on the corner shop.


“I thought I would be alright with a well known brand but I poured a glass for my wife and she took a sip and actually spat it out. She said it was disgusting, sickly sweet, like sugar water and nothing remotely like wine. Luckily we tried it before we gave it to our guests.”


The Shoebury resident checked the label and discovering Australia had been spelt Australin.
Carl Robinson, Southend Council’s Head of Regulatory Services, said: “We received a complaint from a member of the public who purchased Jacob’s Creek wine from this store, but became suspicious after tasting it.


“We sent it for further examination, and the manufacturer confirmed that it was a counterfeit product. On visiting the store we found another two counterfeit bottles which we seized, and we launched a full investigation.”


Mr Robinson added: “In view of the small quantity involved, and the fact that the owner of the premises had no previous offences recorded against them, we have dealt with this matter by way of a formal caution.
“This is an official caution which can be cited in court – much like a police caution in the magistrates’ court.”

 


A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade.
“Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.”


These are points the organisation warns consumers and retailers to look out for:
Too low a price – the duty and vat (20%) on a 70cl Bottle of 37.5% vodka is £7.50 and for a 70cl Bottle of 40% whisky is £7.99. If you paid less than this the spirits are suspect.


*Bottles of spirits should be lot coded so they can be traced in the event of a recall. Lot codes can be ink-jet printed onto a label or the bottle, or the code may be laser etched into the glass. Counterfeit spirits are often not lot coded.
*Counterfeit labels are often poorly printed, common mistakes are spelling errors, print misalignment of colour logos and feint printing.
*Genuine spirits should be labelled with a name and address. For EU manufactured products this could be as simple as a name and post code. Products with no name and address are suspect.
*Counterfeit labels may be stuck on crooked or creased.
Anyone with information relating to this type of crime should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000

Anyone with information relating to this type of crime should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000 and help us to stamp it out.

 

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11:20am Thu 3 Jan 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Clearly reading is not your strong point. From the story:


A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade.
“Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.”
Clearly reading is not your strong point. From the story: A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade. “Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.” Shoebury_Cyclist
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11:45am Thu 3 Jan 13

shoebury52 says...

I use this shop often. It is ran by an elderly lady. As the story says she was unaware,she could just as easily been duped. As for revoking her license that's ridiculous. It's like saying if you get pulled over and warned about your driving then you should lose your license.
I use this shop often. It is ran by an elderly lady. As the story says she was unaware,she could just as easily been duped. As for revoking her license that's ridiculous. It's like saying if you get pulled over and warned about your driving then you should lose your license. shoebury52
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12:06pm Thu 3 Jan 13

madmax1 says...

"Mrs Holden, who declined to give her first name, said: “I have no idea how they got there. They didn’t have a price sticker on them, just hand written prices. Either someone has a grudge against me and put them on my shelf or maybe they switched a couple of bottles in the delivery.
“Trading standards asked me to sign a caution and I signed it in good faith but I don’t know how those bottles got on the shelf.”

I'm with the shop keeper on this one. If it was as bad as the notably anonymous complainer is claiming many more people would have reported her. The biggest mistake she made was agreeing to the caution.
"Mrs Holden, who declined to give her first name, said: “I have no idea how they got there. They didn’t have a price sticker on them, just hand written prices. Either someone has a grudge against me and put them on my shelf or maybe they switched a couple of bottles in the delivery. “Trading standards asked me to sign a caution and I signed it in good faith but I don’t know how those bottles got on the shelf.” I'm with the shop keeper on this one. If it was as bad as the notably anonymous complainer is claiming many more people would have reported her. The biggest mistake she made was agreeing to the caution. madmax1
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12:09pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Shoeburylass says...

shoebury52 wrote:
I use this shop often. It is ran by an elderly lady. As the story says she was unaware,she could just as easily been duped. As for revoking her license that's ridiculous. It's like saying if you get pulled over and warned about your driving then you should lose your license.
I agree with Shoebury52. There is a very sweet old lady who runs it, she may well have been unaware. I agree that it is her responsibility, but to revoke her license seems a tad extreme.

I've no doubt she'll go after the people who sold it to her with the sawn off shotgun she keeps under the counter anyway... (joke)
[quote][p][bold]shoebury52[/bold] wrote: I use this shop often. It is ran by an elderly lady. As the story says she was unaware,she could just as easily been duped. As for revoking her license that's ridiculous. It's like saying if you get pulled over and warned about your driving then you should lose your license.[/p][/quote]I agree with Shoebury52. There is a very sweet old lady who runs it, she may well have been unaware. I agree that it is her responsibility, but to revoke her license seems a tad extreme. I've no doubt she'll go after the people who sold it to her with the sawn off shotgun she keeps under the counter anyway... (joke) Shoeburylass
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12:11pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Brunning999 wrote:
I personally believe this is an extremely dangerous act to sell anything for consumption without knowing or even caring where the substance comes from or even what it contains deserves the harshest penalty possible.

Priority one their licence revoked IMMEADIATLY.

Priority a severe financial penalty with a possibility of imprisonment.

Plus the complainant should take out a civil action of failing to have a 'duty of care'
Clearly reading is not your strong point. From the story:


A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade.
“Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.”
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I personally believe this is an extremely dangerous act to sell anything for consumption without knowing or even caring where the substance comes from or even what it contains deserves the harshest penalty possible. Priority one their licence revoked IMMEADIATLY. Priority a severe financial penalty with a possibility of imprisonment. Plus the complainant should take out a civil action of failing to have a 'duty of care'[/p][/quote]Clearly reading is not your strong point. From the story: A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade. “Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.” Shoebury_Cyclist
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12:12pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I personally believe this is an extremely dangerous act to sell anything for consumption without knowing or even caring where the substance comes from or even what it contains deserves the harshest penalty possible.

Priority one their licence revoked IMMEADIATLY.

Priority a severe financial penalty with a possibility of imprisonment.

Plus the complainant should take out a civil action of failing to have a 'duty of care'
Here here, this shop keeper needs to be REMOVED
Clearly reading is not your strong point. From the story:


A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade.
“Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.”
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I personally believe this is an extremely dangerous act to sell anything for consumption without knowing or even caring where the substance comes from or even what it contains deserves the harshest penalty possible. Priority one their licence revoked IMMEADIATLY. Priority a severe financial penalty with a possibility of imprisonment. Plus the complainant should take out a civil action of failing to have a 'duty of care'[/p][/quote]Here here, this shop keeper needs to be REMOVED[/p][/quote]Clearly reading is not your strong point. From the story: A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The majority of illicit alcohol is sold to the consumer through licensed premises - usually independently owned or franchised, and principally in the off trade. “Many fraudsters are able to infiltrate wholesale suppliers so that retailers may be unaware that their stock is illicit.” Shoebury_Cyclist
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12:15pm Thu 3 Jan 13

mys842 says...

Shoeburylass wrote:
shoebury52 wrote: I use this shop often. It is ran by an elderly lady. As the story says she was unaware,she could just as easily been duped. As for revoking her license that's ridiculous. It's like saying if you get pulled over and warned about your driving then you should lose your license.
I agree with Shoebury52. There is a very sweet old lady who runs it, she may well have been unaware. I agree that it is her responsibility, but to revoke her license seems a tad extreme. I've no doubt she'll go after the people who sold it to her with the sawn off shotgun she keeps under the counter anyway... (joke)
Agree. This lady is a lovely elderly woman who is highly unlikely to have done this. Anyway, they found a couple of bottles - why would it be worth her while for such a tiny amount?

Please refrain from 'revoking licence' statements - the council gave the punishment deemed necessary. If you're saying this judgement is incorrect, take it up with them.
[quote][p][bold]Shoeburylass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shoebury52[/bold] wrote: I use this shop often. It is ran by an elderly lady. As the story says she was unaware,she could just as easily been duped. As for revoking her license that's ridiculous. It's like saying if you get pulled over and warned about your driving then you should lose your license.[/p][/quote]I agree with Shoebury52. There is a very sweet old lady who runs it, she may well have been unaware. I agree that it is her responsibility, but to revoke her license seems a tad extreme. I've no doubt she'll go after the people who sold it to her with the sawn off shotgun she keeps under the counter anyway... (joke)[/p][/quote]Agree. This lady is a lovely elderly woman who is highly unlikely to have done this. Anyway, they found a couple of bottles - why would it be worth her while for such a tiny amount? Please refrain from 'revoking licence' statements - the council gave the punishment deemed necessary. If you're saying this judgement is incorrect, take it up with them. mys842
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12:17pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

This matter should have been dealt with by the Police, and the court could have decided the future of her license.
Still it's not too late....
This matter should have been dealt with by the Police, and the court could have decided the future of her license. Still it's not too late.... Carnabackable
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12:20pm Thu 3 Jan 13

mys842 says...

Carnabackable wrote:
This matter should have been dealt with by the Police, and the court could have decided the future of her license. Still it's not too late....
Having experience in this area, I'm pretty sure the Police and the courts would have reached the same conclusion!
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: This matter should have been dealt with by the Police, and the court could have decided the future of her license. Still it's not too late....[/p][/quote]Having experience in this area, I'm pretty sure the Police and the courts would have reached the same conclusion! mys842
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2:46pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Russ13 says...

Carnabackable wrote:
This matter should have been dealt with by the Police, and the court could have decided the future of her license. Still it's not too late....
It has been dealt with...... There were a couple of bottles found for sale and HMRC are happy this was an isolated incident in which the shop owner was as much of a victim as the customer and no further action (other than a caution) was needed.

I've used this shop plenty of times myself, the little old lady that runs it is lovely and I would guess mortified about the whole thing.

Do you honestly believe someone would risk their license to sell even hald a dozen bottles of knock-off plonk?

Yet again your ingnorance and/or inability to comprend the points made in the story are exemplary!
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: This matter should have been dealt with by the Police, and the court could have decided the future of her license. Still it's not too late....[/p][/quote]It has been dealt with...... There were a couple of bottles found for sale and HMRC are happy this was an isolated incident in which the shop owner was as much of a victim as the customer and no further action (other than a caution) was needed. I've used this shop plenty of times myself, the little old lady that runs it is lovely and I would guess mortified about the whole thing. Do you honestly believe someone would risk their license to sell even hald a dozen bottles of knock-off plonk? Yet again your ingnorance and/or inability to comprend the points made in the story are exemplary! Russ13
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5:43pm Thu 3 Jan 13

asbo industries inc says...

nothing wrong with a bit of shoebury anti-freeze
nothing wrong with a bit of shoebury anti-freeze asbo industries inc
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