For all intents and purposes, I think we all know that selling alcohol to kids below 21 is illegal.
Most liquor stores follow the rule, the others… not so much.
The question is, is it worth it?
Well, that is probably what Paramjit Singh of Fresno is thinking about right now after he was arrested following a series of investigations that discovered he allegedly sold alcohol to 18-year-old Jose Antonio Barriga last November 29, 2009 while working at “Uncle Tom’s Liquor Store.”
Later that night, Barriga also went behind the wheel and consequently crashed into a parked vehicle and a telephone pole.
Barriga and 2 of his passengers, a 16-year-old male and a 13-year-old female, were killed in the fatal car accident.
An investigation was immediately conducted by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)and their findings led them to Singh who was arrested last Monday for selling alcohol to minors.
Uncle Tom’s Liquor also faces license revocation after ABC filed administrative actions against them.
Yes, Singh is only arrested with a misdemeanor charge and yes, Uncle Tom will get a license to open again even if it will be closed for some time.
But still, the thought that one simple action can lead to a chain of events that ends up in a tragedy will forever haunt them.
I hope this becomes a lesson to us all.
Our actions can have further reach than we might expect.