What are the laws regarding selling alcohol when a minor is present at a liquor store?

A local liquor store refused to sell alcohol to a friend of mine because I was in the store with him. He is over 21 and presented his driver’s license. I informed them that I was under 21 and would not be drinking. According to the store’s manager, it is illegal to sell alcohol to a patrons when they are accompanied by a minor. I had never heard of this law. Is this true?

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Criminal Law, Minnesota


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The representative of the local liquor store is flat out wrong stating that it is illegal to sell alcohol to an adult when the adult is accompanied by a minor. I have purchased wine at the local grocery store when accompanied by my minor children and have never had an issue with being refused the purchase of alcohol in such a situation.

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