Where I work if its really limited (12btls etc) employees who are working when it comes in (2 maybe 3 people) can get the same allocation as anyone else, usually 1 bottle. Employees not working are free to come in and get a bottle just like any other customer. As for employees having special inside knowledge that enables them to come on the right day and time... if you don't think 12 non-employee customers also know this you are out of your mind! You wait around until after 5 on a limited release day, sorry its all gone. Even if employees don't get any its still all gone. I know this is not the exact scenario the OP posted.