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Private liquor stores outperformed P.E.I. government stores when it came to checking age identification.

Private liquor stores on P.E.I. outperformed government liquor stores when it came to checking identification on customers who look under 25 in a recent test.

The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission sent shoppers to every liquor stores in the province, except for those that close for the winter, between October of last year and April of this year. There were 130 visits in total, 89 to government stores and 41 to agency stores.

The shoppers were old enough to buy liquor, but under 25. According to the commission's policy, anyone who looks to be under the age of 25 should be asked for ID.

At agency stores, cashiers checked IDs 80.5 per cent of the time. At government-run stores it was 62 per cent. Jamie MacLeod, director of corporate services for the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission, said overall he's pleased with the results, but they could still lead to a policy change.

"We are seriously giving thought to revising our Check-25 program, and moving it up to a Check-30 program, which Nova Scotia did a few years ago, and it's proven to be very successful in that province," said MacLeod.

The commission may also order a short ID blitz, where every customer is checked for a period of a few weeks. The commission is in the process of deciding whether the mystery shopper program will continue.

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