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Oroville liquor store receives backlash after Facebook post

An Oroville liquor store received backlash after requiring minimum alcohol purchases in order to buy essential items.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 7:38 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2020 5:23 AM

OROVILLE, Calif.- Action News Now received messages about a Facebook post that appears to show local liquor store employees asking people to purchase alcohol in order to buy essential items.

Action News Now Reporter Kristian Lopez stopped by Town & Country Liquor in Oroville to investigate.

The owners say, they did require a minimum alcohol purchase of $10 in order to buy things like toilet paper, rubbing alcohol, and paper towels, but they only did it for one day. They say, they did it in order to allow more people to purchase high-demand products.


The Facebook post that was shared Monday night was shared more than a thousand times. It shows a customer interaction with a cashier where she tells him about the purchase requirements.

One of the owners, who at the time, did not want to appear on camera, says it was all in an effect to ration out supplies.
"People that don't know us, I can understand them seeing this as a negative thing, but our customers who know us, they know what we're about and what we stand for. Standing in line for two hours to buy toilet paper to provide it for some customers who said they needed it, but it was turned into something negative and it was very hurtful," she said

The store is no longer selling toilet paper, but they are still selling other essential items.


However, they are no longer requiring a minimum purchase.

The video has since been taken down, the person who posted the video says he has met with the owner and has cleared things up.

Oroville Police Chief Joe Deal says, the store did not violate any criminal laws, but the issue has been forwarded to Alcohol Beverage Control for review.

The store is open 7 days a week, they have stayed busy amid the coronavirus outbreak and have kept all of their employees.

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