The owner of Camilo Liquors II, 735 Dudley St., had to explain to the Boston Licensing Board today why he was violating the terms of his license by continuing to sell liquor past his legal 11 p.m. closing time on May 29 - a police citation said an officer saw a clerk selling liquor to one person, with four or five additional people lined up at the counter at 11:03 p.m.
But Francisco Camilo said the clock inside his store read 10:58 p.m. - and his phone said it was 10:59 - so he felt he wasn't doing anything wrong. He added he already had two of the store's three front metal grates down.
Still, when police order you to shut, you shut, so he took the liquor away from the woman he was waiting on and told the other women in line there'd be no sales for them.
Camilo's lawyer asked for leniency given the time discrepancy. If the violation had been at 11:30, he said, the citation would make sense.
A nearby resident asked for permission to explain the woes a liquor store staying open even until 11 p.m. is causing the neighborhood, but board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer turned her down because she was not on scene that particular night and the hearing was just about that specific incident.
The board rules Thursday on what action, if any, to take.