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Samoa Holiday Incidents Prompt Alcohol Sale Warning
Police call on businesses to ensure buyers are of legal age

By Jasmine Netzler

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Jan. 8, 2013) – Samoa’s Police are calling on businesses that sell alcohol to be mindful about who they are selling it to.

The warning comes from the Assistant Police Commissioner, Le’aupepe Fatu Pula following several nasty incidents during the holidays where alcohol was a factor.

Two people were also killed as a result of alcohol-fuelled incidents.

"There were over twenty arrests involving people who were fighting and causing trouble while under the influence of alcohol," Le’aupepe said about the Christmas holidays. This is an indication that people are having easy access to alcohol.

"From our point of view, we want to remind the business community that sell liquor - whether its beer or spirits – to make sure that the buyers are not minors and that those people buying it are over the legal age."

Le’aupepe said alcohol-related problems weren’t confined to a certain part of the country.

"It’s happening everywhere," he said.

Le’aupepe urged caution on the part of shop owners.

"Don't give alcohol to someone who is already drunk," he said adding that the majority of incidents were caused by people who "have had too much to drink."

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