SPARTA, NJ – An irate customer at the Quick Check on Sparta Newton Road required the intervention of Sparta police.  On July 28 around 7 p.m. Cpl. Scott Elig responded to the store after being called by employees, according to police.

Apparently, a customer “became irate and started yelling and pounding his fist on the counter,” after being asked for identification prior to purchasing cigarettes.  When a second employee came to see what was happening, the 28-year-old man started swearing at them.  The employees ask him to leave, according to police.

The man punched a glass panel before “stomping out of the store” according to police. 

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Sparta Lt. John Lamon wants the community to be aware of a new Cigarette Law recently signed by Governor Christy.  Lamon said the new law increased the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 19 to 21.  The new law will go into effect in November 2017. 

“Please do not blame the clerks when they ask for ID,” Lamon said.  “It’s the law.”

Quick Check’s policy is to ask for identification from anyone that looks to be under the age of 40.  This police is stated on signs by the counter in the stores.