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Reduced penalty for selling alcohol to minors

Business owners who sell alcohol to minors might now face lighter penalties, with the previous 60-day suspension of their operations reduced to six days, provided they prove it was an honest mistake, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Thursday. 


The previous penalty for illegal sale of alcohol to minors was the suspension of the offender’s business for 60 days, for first-timers. For those who flout the rules a second time, the suspension is 180 days and on the third count, the offender’s business license would be revoked.

Under the new rules, which take effect immediately, if business owners are caught selling alcohol to teenagers with fake identity cards, they will be penalized six days on the first count and 18 days on the second count. However, they will have to prove that the act was not intentional.

By Lim Jeong-yeo (
Korea Herald daum