Wareham Sunoco fined $300 for underage cigarette sale

By Andrea Ray | Mar 01, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray Sunoco employee John Peardon sits in front of the Wareham Board of Health.

The Wareham Sunoco at 2893 Cranberry Highway has been fined $300 for selling cigarettes to a minor. This was the business's first offense for illegally selling cigarettes to an underage person.

Sunoco employee John Peardon appeared before the Wareham Board of Health on Wednesday night where he admitted to the illegal sale.

"I'm the one that made the mistake," he explained to the board. "I've been there over 20 years. I'm usually a mechanic. That day the person at the register was busy and I thought I'd be helpful...I won't be selling cigarettes anymore," he said with a laugh.

The board was sympathetic to his story, but reminded him that the offense was not something they could ignore as it was a state infraction.



Comments (7)
Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Mar 01, 2017 23:08

Well of course they couldn't ignore it.  They have to maintain their tobacco-hating posturing in order to impress their Cape Cod peers.  Dogs crapping all over the beaches, no problem.  McDonalds hasn't been swept in three days, who cares?  Ignoring real health issues doesn't accumulate the same poseur virtue-signaling points as tobacco hysteria.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 02, 2017 11:46

True, this isn't something that they could ignore.  Selling cigarettes to minors isn't something to be taken lightly.


However, the BOH seems to be flexing their muscles with the $300 fine.  Mr. Peardon made a mistake and was sincere and honest about it. It's a first offence at the place.  Give them a break.  Issue the citation and record it as a first offence but cut the place a break on the fine.

Posted by: greycat | Mar 02, 2017 12:08

Missing from the story is how the B O H "discovered" the sale to an underage peron.  The usual method is "sting" as they like to call it, but really is entrapment, enticing a peron to commit an offence.  I n order for it to work, the sale must be completed and the under age person must take possession of the product, be it booze or tobacco.  It is unlawful for an underage person to possess such products,but to make entrapment work, the Constitution must be ignored, the rule of law must be ignored and special; dispensation must be granted by the LORD HIGH GRAND POOBAH WIZARD BIG SHOT. Gotta love it. 

Posted by: OBL50 | Mar 03, 2017 07:27

God forbid we sell a package of cigarettes to a person who is old enough to join the army and fight for freedom ...BUT it is ok for the liquor stores to sell pints and nips to people who can barely stand up and potentially could get in their cars and wipe out an innocent family or go into a drunken rage and seriously hurt someone.  Opps I forgot it is the person's fault for drinking... but not their fault if they need a cigarette...Just another case of feel good laws to satisfy the hypocrites.


Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 03, 2017 10:47

The BOH is a rouge organization and have been seen meeting with the Russians


Posted by: 181mph | Mar 04, 2017 00:44

back in the world for a few days and glad to see "one flew over the cuckoos nest", is still playing in wareham, y'all carry on

Posted by: Randall Stephens | Mar 04, 2017 08:45

Can't wait for "LEGAL" Marijuana Stores to open ! I 'll bet NO underage sales will occur ! A $300 dollar fine ? I hope the Board of Health finds out who the bad SEEDS are and WEEDS them out !

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