Carbondale Walmart to begin Selling Liquor Online

Carbondale Walmart to begin Selling Liquor Online

The Carbondale City Council Tuesday night approved allowing Walmart in town to start selling liquor online. The vote was 6 to 1.

There was some talk at the meeting regarding an underage person possibly being able to purchase liquor online. But according to City Attorney Jamie Snyder, the person who places the order must be the one who picks it up.

According to the Southern Illinoisan, when someone places an order online and selects an alcoholic beverage, warning signs will appear asking them to bring proper identification to the store to get their items. An employee selecting the items at the store will put them in a separate bag with a sticker labeling it as alcohol. When the customer picks up the items, the employee will be prompted on a handheld electronic device to ask for identification. The employee will also have to type in the customer’s birth date into the device before allowing the customer to pay for and take possession of the alcohol.

The store’s manager, Gary Kramie, told the council online ordering is a procedure happening in more than 700 Walmart stores across the country and will be implemented in as many as 1,400 by the end of this year.