Wal-Mart To Retrain Employees
After Sting Operation
Raleigh News & Observer, (5/18/99) "Report names store chains where minors find
success buying tobacco" [Full Text here]
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, will retrain employees
about its cigarette sales policy after the store was found to be
one of the top 10 violators of federal regulations prohibiting
tobacco sales to minors.
"We take this matter seriously. We
are a leading supporter of children's health issues and we are
going to retrain all associates and management to make sure they
clearly understand the policy," said Wal-Mart spokesperson
Underage testers in North Carolina working with
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the North Carolina
Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement bought cigarettes at
Wal-Mart 44% of the time.
The top violator was Ingles Markets, where testers were sold cigarettes 84% of the
time. Other top violators include Phar-Mor, CVS, Eckerd's,
Wilco, K-Mart, Food Lion, Bi-Lo, Pantry Convenience stores,
Winn-Dixie, Kerr, Piggly Wiggly and Harris Teeter.
All of the
companies said that it was not their policy to sell tobacco to
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