Tesco fined for selling cigarettes to a boy in Glasgow
- 8 April 2014
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
Tesco has been fined £300 for selling cigarettes to a 14-year-old boy.
The supermarket giant pleaded guilty to the offence at its store on Glasgow's Argyle Street on 5 March last year.
A worker at the shop was secretly filmed selling Mayfair cigarettes to a teenager who was a volunteer for Glasgow City Council.
The boy was not asked for proof of age, despite Tesco following the Think 25 policy which requires identification if someone looks younger.
Sheriff John McCormick fined the supermarket £300, reduced from £450 because of its guilty plea.
Glasgow Sheriff Court was told that the city council sometimes used volunteers to check that retailers do not sell restricted products to underage customers.
Procurator fiscal depute Derek Buchanan said the council trading standards unit arranged for a volunteer to go into the shop.
He said the boy was 14-years-old and was accompanied by someone from the council who was secretly filming.
Mr Buchanan said: "The volunteer was not asked for proof of any identification."
The prosecutor said that officials from the council returned to the shop on 7 March and spoke to a manager at the shop.
The court heard the manager was interviewed and said that the shop operates the Think 25 policy for alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.
Criminal proceedings were later raised against Tesco and a guilty plea was then entered at the court.
Ray Gribben, defending, told the court: "I believe it is the first prosecution of its kind in Scotland."
He added: "Tesco wish to offer a formal apology to the court for this offence."