A Montreal convenience store briefly lost its license to sell wine and beer after an undercover policeman pretending to be drunk was able to buy beer twice.
Quebec's provincial alcohol regulator received several complaints from residents in the neighborhood that the store was allowing intoxicated people to buy more beer and wine, which is illegal, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.
An unidentified police officer went undercover last summer and visited the store on two occasions a month apart. Both times, his clothes had been soaked with alcohol and he pretended to be drunk, the regulator heard.
Despite stumbling, slurring his words, fumbling his payment and ignoring directions to where the beer coolers were, the clerk sold him beer both times, the report said.
The provincial regulator also heard defense testimony and acknowledged the store owner had a "difficult clientele" but also showed a willingness to be more vigilant about selling alcohol to customers.
The store was a given a four-day alcohol sale suspension, the newspaper said.
Some Canadian provinces are more restrictive about alcohol sales than Quebec and sell only through government-run stores.