Don't shop for wine with teens... you might end up booze-free and ashamed
If you’re buying booze in Morrisons and have an under-the-age-of-18 human with you, you might find yourself being asked to prove that they’re over the age of alcoholic consent – otherwise it’s ‘no booze for you!’
That’s what happened to management consultant Jackie Slater tried to buy some wine when she was shopping at a Morrisons in Leeds recently. Because she was with her 17-year-old daughter and 18-year-old niece, the two youngsters were asked to show ID. You know, in case Jackie was planning to ply the pair with drink once they were in the car park.
Jackie told The Observer: “[The checkout assistant] asked: 'Are they with you?' I said they'd come to help me carry the bags back to the car. The assistant said: 'You could be buying the wine for them. It's the policy – I have to see everyone's ID to make sure they are all over 18'."
As it turned out, Jackie’s daughter didn’t have any ID with her and so the booze had to go back on the shelf. Amazingly, Morrisons are proud of their ID policy. A spokesbloke said: "Under current licensing laws, stores are unable to sell an alcoholic product to a customer they believe could be buying for a minor or for someone who is unable to prove their age.”
This writer fell foul of Morrisons and their deranged quota laws last week when I tried to buy a bottle of kiddie medicine Calpol and a box of Calpol sachets for my teething one-year-old son. I was told by the cashier that I couldn’t have both and one of them would have to go back on the shelf.
Calpol, of course, contains a smaller than usual dose of Paracetamol and once I’d got home and done some sums I worked out that I’d need to neck five bottles of the stuff if I was planning to use it to do myself in. Mind you, it tastes nice so I can see how that might happen…