Bill Aims to Keep Booze Out of Self Checkout Aisles

Would you leave your teenager with a key to your liquor cabinet? Does anyone even have a liquor cabinet anymore?

Well, the state of California is hoping to rein in minors walking out of grocery stores with alcohol thanks to self-checkout aisles.

The state Senate approved a bill that would require retailers to process alcohol purchases through the traditional checkout system only. The measure now goes to Governor Schwarzenegger for approval.

Supporters say it will cut down on alcohol purchases by minors.

Opponents, including the California Grocers Association, say self-checkout machines already alert store employees to check ID when a customer scans an alcoholic beverage. They say there's no evidence the technology has allowed minors to sneak through.

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