Kids Using Delivery Apps to Order Alcohol?

It seems that the convenience of being able to have food delivered straight to your door with just a few clicks of a button might be proving particularly satisfying for a certain demographic – underage drinkers.

Parents have noted with concern the ease at which teenagers are able to order booze with a simple swipe of a smartphone.

So have food delivery apps like Uber Eats and MrD become a gateway for underage drinking?

Uber Eats claims that its policy requires delivery drivers to check a customer's ID before handing over alcohol, but listeners to Cape Talk tell a different story.

Phillip Prinsloo from the Western Cape Liquor Authority says part of the problem is that a distinction is made between those who sell liquor and those who deliver it.

“In order to sell liquor you need to have a liquor licence, but often the licensed premises will make use of a delivery service.”

Prinsloo says the authority takes very seriously the issue of alcohol sales to under 18s.

“We've issued fines of up to R100,000 in the past two to three months and we've revoked licences.”

“From our side, we will hold the liquor licence holder responsible, but we also need to interrogate the business model (of Uber Eats).”


SANHA Comments:
Parents are responsible for educating their children and ensuring that they and their family are protected against that which Allah has prohibited. Modern technology has added a new dimension to this, as indicated above.

Muslims should also verify their purchases and check their slips when using call centres and delivery apps. Do not take it for granted that if you clicked or phoned a Halaal store you will receive the correct items or from the correct store. Errors may occur and it has transpired that delivery is received from another store instead.