Are you a foreigner? You can't buy our booze, say Waitrose
Yesterday, avid Bitterwallet reader Torunn popped into the Newcastle branch of Waitrose to buy groceries and also - whisper it - a little booze. Initially flattered that she was being asked for ID before she could purchase the alcohol, the 30 year-old Norwegian produced her driver's licence.
Surprisingly, the staff refused to accept her identification and after arguing the point, Torunn had no choice but to leave the store empty-handed. She took the fight to Waitrose on Twitter, only to be told:
The issue wasn't that the staff believed the ID to be a fake, but that it's store policy to refuse all forms of ID from outside the UK.
The reason for this policy according to Waitrose is that 'it is very difficult for all of our staff to be aware of the varying types of ID provided by different countries'. Not even a foreign passport will be accepted by Waitrose staff which, if we're arse-baringly honest about it, is ludicrous - who in their right mind would forge a passport to buy alcohol?
The bottom line is that any foreign national or overseas visitor challenged about their age (so that's everyone who might look younger than 25) can't buy booze in Waitrose, because they can't provide any form of identification that Waitrose will accept. The only option is to apply for a UK Citizen Card, which Waitrose have graciously said they will accept. Unfortunately, that costs between £15 and £30 and impractical for tourists.
Sorry foreign chums, you'll have to sack off the pretensions and head back to Tesco.