Three Brookline Businesses Caught in Sales Stings

The Boston Globe reported that Brookline selectmen last week delivered warnings to two businesses and punished another after they were caught selling alcohol to minors during a police sting operation last month.

The board’s decision to suspend Mall Discount Liquors’ alcohol sales license for 10 days will cost the Harvard Street business more than $40,000 in lost receipts, according to Steven Boris, a lawyer representing the store’s owner.

The business received the suspension because last month’s citation was its second liquor-license violation in a year, officials said.

The board also chided the two first-time violators before giving both of them a three-day suspension, held for a year.

Christopher Hogan, manager of the Meat House at 1285 Beacon St., and Ricky Patel, owner of Village Liquor & Convenience at 294 Washington St., expressed contrition for the Sept. 15 sales to the student working with police. Both provided documents showing new employee training and policies since the sting.