ABC worker charged with selling to minor
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington ABC store employee is facing charges for selling alcohol to a minor.

According to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, Bliss Tyson-Masterson is accused of selling alcohol to a 19-year-old last month.

New Hanover County ABC CEO Dan Sykes said this is not a common problem, but ABC will deal with Masterson accordingly.

"As soon as it happened, I contacted our attorney and the lady that made the sale or allegedly made the sale," Sykes said. "She was advised to obtain a lawyer at her own expense."

Sykes said Masterson is still employed with ABC. Masterson is scheduled to be in court February 8.

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Yea, "get a lawyer at her own expense"...surely wouldn't want to jeopardize any available funds that might contribute toward board of directors salaries.

Was her action intentional, or was she fooled with fake id, etc?

does that mean she is still behind the counter or is she on administrative leave pending the outcome of her criminal charge?

One would hope there is a criminal charge.

Must be nice. I made the mistake of selling cigs to a minor several yrs ago at a gas station (turned out it was entrapment and the case was dropped because the little snitchy snot lied bout being 18) but I was fired the next day meanwhile this putz still has a job. Guess nothing changes in NHC after all..

So you got out of it due to "entrapment" but still lost your job. Maybe if you would have asked for ID "the little snitchy snot" wouldn't have cost you your job..... Do you think teenagers who want cigarettes and are under age are going to come into the store and say hey lady im only 16 but i want a pack of cigarettes? Sounds like the blame game for lack of common sense to me.

Big deal... Like bars in Wilmington have never sold to a person underage. When has that ever been in the news?

"I simply don't want to be the governor, I really don't, who puts liquor into the big huge Target, Walmart stores or the local convenience stores," Perdue said.

Sure thing. Why should we put liquor in responsible, well-run stores that can be fined and penalized by being ordered to close for days after a violation, when we can just hold this one putz responsible, and the ABC Store breezes by without any problem at all.