Reynolds Brown targets stores selling shots of liquor

A photo of the store in question's counter provided by a 'community advocate' (Image courtesy of Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown)

A photo of the store in question's counter provided by a 'community advocate' (Image courtesy of Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown)

A Philadelphia city councilwoman wants to flag the stores known as “stop and goes” from serving up shots of alcohol.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said corner store operators feel entitled to sell shots of alcohol because they also serve food.

“We’ve learned and actually have pictures of restaurants serving shots of liquor, even to children,” she said.

The councilwoman said the practice takes advantage of the poor.”The sadness about this new observation and finding is that they are targeting the poor and poverty-stricken neighborhoods,” she said.

City Council cannot close the loophole that allows such sales, but Reynolds Brown said she hopes that holding a hearing will bring the problem to the attention of state officials who do have the ability to close the loophole.

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