Why not sell or auction it?

The Press reported:

French champagnes, $800 red wines, expensive cognac and 18-year-old whisky have all gone down the drain at the Christchurch Station.

About $20,000 worth of confiscated booze was tipped out on Thursday, made up of 52 litres of spirits, 154 litres of wine and 137 litres of beer.

Sergeant Jon Harris confiscated the 343 litres of booze, in 493 bottles, in June this year after visiting a Christchurch restaurant displaying for sale without a licence.

French champagnes, $800 red wines, expensive cognac and 18-year-old whisky have all gone down the drain at the Christchurch Police Station.

About $20,000 worth of confiscated booze was tipped out on Thursday, made up of 52 litres of spirits, 154 litres of wine and 137 litres of beer.

Sergeant Jon Harris confiscated the 343 litres of booze, in 493 bottles, in June this year after visiting a Christchurch restaurant displaying alcohol for sale without a licence.

Pouring it down the drain seems daft, and about a PR stunt.

Why not sell or auction the alcohol? Have the proceeds go to a victims of crime fund or something. This isn’t an illegal product. It is just the outfit selling it wasn’t licensed.

The haul included some “pretty exclusive alcohol”, he said.

“There was some $800 bottles of red wine which were pretty painful to tip out.”

So why did they?

Also they have upset the Council:

It was tipped into a vehicle wash bay drain, which led to a 1000 litre holding tank connected to the sewerage system, but the Christchurch City Council on Friday ordered the alcohol’s removal.

“The council however does not accept this type of raw (undiluted) waste into the sewer network and we have notified the NZ Police to have their tanks sucked out by a waste disposal company immediately where it can be treated off site appropriately. The police have agreed and have actioned this immediately,” council three waters and waste head John Mackie said.

So maybe think next time before you do a PR stunt.

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