Booze suckers sold to Pretoria kids

2012-03-23 11:09

Pretoria - Ice suckers that had been doctored with mampoer for a Loftus rugby match accidentally got muddled up with normal ice suckers and were sold to children at a shop in Pretoria.

At least one primary school pupil unsuspectingly bought these suckers this week.

Jan Smith, 56, from Sinoville in Pretoria, has been making the suckers from his home for more than 10 years and supplies them to shops and schools. He said on Thursday he was shocked to hear of the mistake.

“I feel terrible about this. Friends of mine recently asked me ahead of one of the Bulls’ Super Rugby games to doctor a couple of suckers with mampoer for them for the match.  Some of these suckers must have gotten mixed up with my normal suckers,” said Smith.

“I have been making suckers for years and I have a good product that I’m proud of. I don’t waste time with dirty tricks.”

'Mom, there's rum in this sucker'

Annemarie Meyer, 33, said her 12-year-old son came to tell her that the sucker he had bought had booze in it.

“He told me: ‘Mom, there is rum in this sucker.’ I then sent my children to buy a sucker in each flavour and there was definitely liquor in some,” said Meyer.

She approached the Wonderboompoort police station. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wanda Olivier confirmed that police officers bought suckers from the café and sent them away for forensic tests.

Meanwhile Smith went on Thursday to fetch the remaining suckers from the corner café after realising his mistake, and personally apologised to Meyer and the store manager.

“I promised the café manager extra bags of suckers to make up for any losses,” he said.

Oliver said on Thursday afternoon that as Meyer had accepted Smith’s apology, police would not act against him.

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-23 11:16

    I guess being drunk SUCKS

      Fussed - 2012-03-23 12:08

      Who's the sucker now

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-23 12:25

      A 12 year old who knows how rum taste like... I give up.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-23 12:33

      This is not funny. Imagine the possible consequences. Close down this business.

      Atholl - 2012-03-23 13:27

      At Newlands the suckers who suck these suckers grow a mustache with horns on their face. At loftus the suckers grow Horns on their head. Go Buuuulllle !

  • official.muaz.mohamed - 2012-03-23 11:18

    quick question, how did the kid know what rum tastes like - maybe his mom should investigate that!

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-23 11:19

      hahaha i thought the same thing :-)

      Robsschele - 2012-03-23 11:25

      What about rum & raisin icecream.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-23 11:29

      Plus the mom asked him to go and buy more son...drink up...we need to make sure you drunk as credibility for the courts.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-03-23 12:09

      think he was playing pirate with ''captain morgan''

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-23 11:20

    Oom Nel was 'n sucker.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-23 11:26

    It just seems a bit juvinile, that people are so desparate to drink at rugby games or events where alcohol is probibited, that they still "spike naartjies/oranges/watermelons" or in this case spike ice lollies. Grow up. Just go watch the game and have a braai and a drink with your buddies after the game.

      Hallo - 2012-03-23 11:34

      Fun police?

      Rudie - 2012-03-23 11:48

      @ Jaco ...........

      James - 2012-03-23 12:01

      Jaco, you don't understand what the term "gateway drug" means, yet you're preaching on what alcoholism is? Google it.

      Marion - 2012-03-23 12:44

      I made my wisecrack about this Sarah, but I agree with you fully that there shouldn't be booze at sports venues. Perhaps these are also the ice lollies that my kid and his mates by so regularly. Need to ask for a taste next time.

      Marion - 2012-03-23 12:49

      @Jaco - I think it is a bit too much to say that 'even if you take one drink you're an alcoholic'. However, I do believe that someone with the right gene mix could start on the road to alcoholism from taking that first drink (even though I'm not sure this has been scientifically proven).

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  • Jaco - 2012-03-23 11:27

    its just a mistake, we are just human. but my question is how does a 12 year old know what rum taste like? (Mom, there is rum in this sucker.) But she is very quick to run to the police?

  • Barefoot - 2012-03-23 11:37

    Quote of the day: "mom there's rum in this sucker" - 12year old

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-23 12:26

      Its shocking for a 12 year old.

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-03-23 12:54

      I am 12 and I know what this is.

  • Clementine - 2012-03-23 11:45

    errrrr "mom there's rum in this" is more worrying than the fact that there was alcohol in them

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-23 11:45

    Blue Bulls fans. Need I say more?

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-23 12:18

      yes you forgot 2 say that your and complete moron who generalize people cause of a rugby team. grow up d@@s!

      Squeegee - 2012-03-23 12:50

      Its bad enough these people support the Bulls, do we need them drunk too?

      christian.denyschen - 2012-03-23 12:57

      Who is "these people" squeegee??

      Squeegee - 2012-03-23 13:12

      Bulls supporters. What part did you not understand - those who go to the Bulls games and take alcohol with them even though its not allowed.

  • momsiccles - 2012-03-23 11:50

    the most compelling truth about this is, how did the little boy know that he was drinking a RUM, it could be that he once tasted it, cause how could the child make out the difference between a Rum and only God know what...hai..yah the little boy has been exposed to it before...before he even tasted the SUCKERS..the mummy has alot of explaining to do...

  • Rudie - 2012-03-23 11:53

    Where can i get some suckers for the office?

      khanyisa.sulo - 2012-03-23 13:01

      I want those suckers too!!!

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-03-23 13:14

      Wonder how much they are! Must be affordable

  • The-third - 2012-03-23 12:06

    lucky kids.

  • betsie.ackerman - 2012-03-23 12:19

    How did a 12 year old kid know what rum tastes like? Jissie, can only be in Blue Bull country, they start them young!

      christian.denyschen - 2012-03-23 13:00

      And this is the first time someone smuggles booze into an event ne?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-23 13:05

      Well it was not rum, but mampoer. Maybe the boy steal or had a sip before from dad, boyfriend, uncle and hear rum is strong, thought that this burning taste must be rum. Lets not be hypocrites. I am with the people who believe alcohol should be banned from games. Not drinking for 3+ years I realized how annoying people, with a drink in, can be. Even when not drunk and specially at big functions. However, I must admit the idea of smuggling some in is exiting and always fun between men.( maybe not only a "man thing", but that was my experience.) Still standing with my point that they should ban it, but admitting it is not all drinkers that annoys one. - 2012-03-23 14:00

      A million lemmings can't all be wrong- go jump off a cliff. Idiot

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2012-03-23 12:29

    So, are they gonna ban ice suckers at sport stadiums?

  • Corniel - 2012-03-23 12:31

    Can I place a order for a box of 48?

  • Marion - 2012-03-23 12:43

    lol-ly. How did the kid know there was rum in the sucker?

  • marge.fourie - 2012-03-23 12:47

    And why is nothing done about him trying to smuggle alcohol into Loftus?

      Heiku - 2012-03-23 12:59

      Because smuggling booze is fun and awesome.

      Heiku - 2012-03-23 13:01

      It's how nascar started. Apparently.

  • Tammy - 2012-03-23 12:53

    12 years old and he knows what rums taste like? Hm ....

  • yolande.rwaai - 2012-03-23 13:01

    I could do with a few suckers right now!

  • kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-03-23 13:02

    How did the child know there was rum in it. Guys I have my share of drinking but as a child I never knew how a simple beer tasted like and worse in a sweet (sucker). Shame on the parents for giving the child rum and taking it out on the stupid sucker

  • Lauren - 2012-03-23 13:03

    The first thing that cought my eye was the fact that the little boy knew there were RUM in the sucker. It just very strange that the mom did not say, wow how do you know its RUM. I am sure any other child will say this sucker tastes funny and only when mom or dad tastes it they will recognize alcohol? Some people spike everything when they go to rugby games....that's the only thing i hate about going to stadiums. They get drunk and then there is fights. hate hate hate it.

  • Mark - 2012-03-23 13:08

    The first time I passed out from alcohol I was 12 years old. At my cousins wedding reception I went around nabbing peoples drinks off the tables while they were dancing. My dad wanted to m0er me the next day.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-23 14:28

      So what you are saying is that your parents are irresponsible, and say a lot about you today.

  • Charl - 2012-03-23 15:00

    there are lots off suckers with booze in at loftus

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-23 16:59

    I bet the kids day didn't suck that much with all the hectic schooling...

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