• Report: #247098

Complaint Review: C N Brown - Big Apple

  • Submitted: Sat, May 05, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, August 23, 2007

  • Reported By:Lewiston Maine
C N Brown - Big Apple
cnbrown.com , Maine U.S.A.
  • Phone: 800-432-4211
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  • Category: tempdir

C N Brown - Big Apple Stores were always easy to get booze from when I was underage they never enforced the laws then and now big ripoff Entire State Of Maine

*Consumer Suggestion: Employees still are far from properly trained to sell age sensitive materials.

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: They will never change because no one really cares

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I am 28 years old, but when I was 18 and 19, I was always able to very easily buy booze at my neighboorhood Big Apple. All of my friends knew that as well. They were more interested in making money than they were at teaching their cashiers how to ask for I.D.

Today, it remains the same way there. Every time I buy gas or cigarettes or anything at a Big Apple, I always see young people there buying either booze or tobacco, so I'm not a bit surprised that they have been getting caught lately.

It never will change, either, I agree that the State of Maine ought to pull their license to sell alcohol and tobacco away. Write to your state senator and tell them that it's time to hold CNBrown accountable!!!! Maybe after they've violated the law another 10,000 times, the state will come to it's senses.

Really the one ripping us off is the State of Maine, in their lack of enforcement of the laws. For as many times as this company has been stung in booze or cigarette stings, they, to this date, have not been fined ONE DOLLAR!!!! What a ripoff! Stay away from the Big Rotten Apple

Lewiston, Maine

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Employees still are far from properly trained to sell age sensitive materials.

AUTHOR: Elmiere - (U.S.A.)

Now it seems even if you're 80, they ask EVERYONE for ID. This is ridiculous, but it seems to be cheaper than properly training employees. This has always been the big apple way of everything, use the cheap way out. Even with this policy, seems to be that a couple more stores got busted a few weeks ago for selling to minors again. Proof that lack of employee training will NOT work, you cannot expect your employees to ask for an ID from EVERY customer.

The last time i went into one of them stores for cigarettes, (I am 76) the lady refused to sell them to me because i didn't have my driver's license. Why don't they just spend the money to properly train employees. Another thing, every time there's a tobacco or alcohol sting around, seems to me the ONLY ones that get caught is C.N. Brown.

I think they'd be better off sticking to their watered-down heating oil business and they should not be allowed to sell alcohol or tobacco at any of their stores. I've yet to see them either spend the money for better training of employees, or pay a fine for all the alcohol and tobacco stings that they have been busted for. Maybe when an 18 year older who buys beer there one day will kill someone related to a politician in a car accident, and perhaps then, the state will finally act.

Too bad it has to happen to the relative of a politician before the state of Maine takes action.
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

They will never change because no one really cares

AUTHOR: Jean - (U.S.A.)

The problem is that nobody really cares, so the company will not change. If we all took the time to write to our politicians, then and only then will things change. I once was a manager for the company, and I do agree, the alcohol and tobacco training is at best, very poor, they do it the cheapest way they know how, like anything else cn brown. Do these recent stings surprise you? Not a bit for me. I'm not even shocked about Auburn getting stung twice in one night. Take a look at the district manager for the area and then tell me if you're surprised.
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