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Following fight-filled event Kelowna distillery plans next Sanitizer Saturday and Sunday

Forbidden Spirits Distillery.
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April 15, 2020 - 8:12 AM

After a fistfight put an early end to the first Sanitizer Saturday and Sunday, Kelowna's Forbidden Spirits Distillery is ready to try again. 

The distillery will be issuing a maximum of 300 online tickets through its online store for hand sanitizer. These tickets must be redeemed between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 18 and 19.

If you do not have a valid online ticket, you are unable to receive sanitizer at the distillery. No walk-ups will be allowed.

Each ticket costs $5 and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to the Kelowna Food Bank.

"We will also accept non-perishable food items to be donated to the Kelowna Food Bank," the company said. "The tickets have no cash value. Regardless of size, we will limit distribution to one litre per person and/or car, while supplies last."

The first sanitizer sharing event was cut short when people who lined up for the free product broke into fistfights.

"We were so busy, and sadly a few people made it so that it got cancelled by the RCMP because they were literally fighting in the streets, getting out of their cars and fighting,” Suzanne Jones, executive assistant at Forbidden Spirits, said earlier in the week.

Traffic had lined up along the road farther than staff members could see for the event that would have seen locals get some much-coveted hand sanitizer, and some had arrived at two hours before the event was set to begin.

Between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., staff members saw more than 300 cars, many with more than one occupant, said Jones.

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