Beer Self-Checkout Ban Checks Out of Subcommittee

A bill to prohibit sale of beer through self-checkout lines at supermarkets was approved by a subcommittee Wednesday over the objections from store lobbyists who said it is unnecessary.
The sponsor of HB3568, Republican Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton, said teenagers were using a tactic called “swipe and swap” to buy beer through self-checkouts and, as pointed out by his 15-year-old son, this has been publicized on television shows. Basically, the youngster brings a six-pack of soft drinks and a six-pack of beer to the checkout, swipes the soft drinks, then bags the beer and leaves.
Dan Haskell, lobbyist for the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, and Jarron Springer, both said there is no indication of such practices afoot in Tennessee and all checkouts are monitored by employees. The identification of anyone with beer is routinely checked, they said.
Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, asked the two sides to “sit down together and try to work this out” with a compromise before the bill comes up in the full State and Local Government Committee.

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