Speaking to several solicitors in recent days regarding the possible defences that can be mounted to challenge a prosecution of a sale of an age-controlled product, it becomes obvious that THE MOST important thing is being able to prove that the shop had provided robust training to the assistant that sold the product to a minor in a Test Purchase.
Just having a training regime is not enough, you need to be able to PROVE that this assistant received the training.
Having part timers, casual staff, trainees or weekend staff selling Age Restricted products can be a very real possible flashpoint unless YOU set in motion a system that ensures adequate training is conducted prior to those employees taking up their public-facing responsibilities.
Criminal prosecutions are very difficult to avoid convictions if you cannot prove that your systems have not been properly engaged.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE