Morton Wine and Liquors found itself before the Boston Licensing Board today after a detective cited them for letting customers come into the store, fill up those cups and drink in the store.
On Aug. 3, the detective told the board at a hearing this morning, he nabbed a 20-year-old walking into the Morton Street liquor store with a red plastic cup containing "an amber alcoholic beverage." This came after a couple of days of observing empty red cups littered in the street near the store and in a trash barrel outside it.
Only restaurants with liquor licenses, not liquor stores, are allowed to have customers consuming alcohol on the premises.
Store manager Stephanie Salant acknowledged selling individual red plastic cups, but said the guy was packing a different type of red plastic cup than the kind she was selling.
Board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer asked why the store was selling single plastic cups to begin with. "It was upon request," Salant said, adding she had no idea why the cups were so popular. After Ferrer suggested it was because they made consumption of shots in public really easy, Salant said, "I was not aware that was an issue."
Salant added, however, that now that she knows to what ends individual plastic cups can be put, she no longer sells them.
In terms of alcoholic beverages, Salant denied selling anything other than sealed containers and said she never noticed the guy nabbed by the detective until he spoke up.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take.