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Cary Smoke Shop to be fined after tobacco violation

CARY – Cary Smoke Shop will be fined a yet-to-be determined amount after it pleaded guilty Thursday to a tobacco license violation.

The violation took place May 28 during a tobacco compliance check.

All 13 of the establishments in the village that hold tobacco licenses were checked. The smoke shop was the only one not to pass the check, the village has said.

Cary Smoke Shop, 395 Cary-Algonquin Road, opened eight months ago, and this is its first violation.

"That's not a real good start for you," Village President Mark Kownick said. "We've had businesses in town that have been here for years and never had tobacco violations. We take it very seriously. I'm concerned moving forward that we have the right treatment in place for how you're going to card the individuals that come into your establishment."

Harry Patel, manager for Cary Smoke Shop, said the business is putting in place a machine that will scan identification cards to make sure people are at least 18 years old.

He also said employees are now asking for identification for anyone who walks in the door, and if someone is under 18 years old, he won't allow them in the store. He added if someone doesn't have an ID, he won't sell to the customer.

"Obviously it won't happen again," Patel said.

Kownick said during the meeting he would fine the business, but would take a few days to finalize the amount.

"I want you to be a successful business in the village of Cary, I want you to be a compliant business in the village of Cary. I also want you be a good neighbor," Kownick said. "We need you to abide by the ordinances we have in place ... I take these things very seriously."

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