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Last updated on Friday, May 16, 2014
(VINCENNES) - Indiana State Excise Police officers cited 12 Huck’s convenience stores, including one in Paoli and French Lick, Thursday on 55 charges after a two-month investigation related to beer prices.
In February, State Excise Police received a complaint that Martin & Bayley, Inc., released a flyer that included a coupon for "$1.00 off ANY BEER 6PK OR LARGER With coupon". This coupon had a disclaimer that read: "Limit one offer per person per visit. No copies or facsimiles. Not good with any other offers. Good only at participating Huck's stores. Good 2-12-14 thru 2-25-14."
Indiana law requires that alcoholic beverages be sold for the same price to all customers. Since not every customer who purchased beer from Huck's stores during the promotional period had coupons, they were not offered the beer for the discounted price.
Thursday's citations could result in a monetary fine of up to $1,000 per charge, or suspension of the alcoholic beverage permit for a period of time, or both a fine and suspension.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana's Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.
All respondents are to be presumed not liable until, and unless, the plaintiff can prove by preponderance of the evidence the respondent's liability in an administrative hearing.
List of Huck's Convenience Stores Cited in Alcohol Price Investigation
All respondents listed below are to be presumed not liable until, and unless, the plaintiff can prove by preponderance of the evidence the respondent's liability in an administrative hearing.
The following Huck's stores were preliminarily charged with one count each of Media Advertising (905 IAC 1-38-4):
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