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Restaurant sued over alcohol sales to minors

By Liu Meng (Global Times)

08:43, November 01, 2012

A cigarette and alcohol store in Chaoyang district has a sign forbidding sales of alcohol to minors Wednesday. Photo: Li Hao/GT

A father, whose teenage son is in a coma after being injured in a fight when alcohol was illegally served to minors in a Fangshan district restaurant, has filed suit against the restaurant's manager.

This is the first time such a case has been brought against an alcohol vendor in the district since a 2006 national ban on selling alcohol to minors.

The plaintiff's son, surnamed Han, a high school student, has been in a coma since a schoolmate, surnamed Ding, invited him to the restaurant on February 25, the Beijing Youth Daily reported Wednesday.

During the meal, Liu and Han quarreled and Liu, who was drunk, struck Han on the head with a beer bottle, resulting in a severe brain injury.

The father asked the manager, surnamed Wei, and four others for 130,000 yuan ($20,839) compensation at Fangshan district court Tuesday.

Wei Wei, a Fangshan court media officer, told the Global Times that Liu was sentenced to eight years in prison in August for intentional injury.

The plaintiff said the manager violated the Alcohol Circulation Management Regulations (ACMR) on sales of alcohol and beer to minors, said Wei.

The ACMR, enacted by the Ministry of Commerce, came into force on January 1, 2006, and forbids vendors to sell alcohol to minors under 18. Stores must post obvious warning signs, and violators face fines of up to 2,000 yuan, according to the ministry's website.

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