Age Card? Really?

Ireland
April 10, 2012 10:04am CST
In Tesco earlier... Woman goes to the self service checkout, with her daughter, who's got to be in her early 20s. The mother is buying 3 bottles of wine, the daughter 1. The daughter hasn't put hers through yet, the mother is trying to pay for hers, and the daughter is standing beside her with her own bottle in her hands, waiting to be next in line. The attendant for the self service checkouts comes up and asks the daughter for ID, although at that moment it's the mother making the purchases... When the daughter (again, clearly in her early 20s) says that she has no ID on her, with a look of sheer disbelief, the attendant then says sorry and cancels the items on the screen i.e. the 3 bottles of wine and also takes the 1 bottle from the girl who had no ID... Now that's a bit much if you ask me! I know I've been asked for ID in Tesco by the same darned person again and again until I threatened to make a complaint. At 27 and the other half at 26, being regular customers doing weekly shops, we're clearly not 16 year old kids looking for a quick fix! We once got served solely on the merit that my other half (younger than I) was old enough looking!
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@ecaron (678)
• Canada
11 Apr 12
It doesn't seem fair to me that the salesperson should take the mothers bottles too. She surely looks old enough and her daughter's purchases shouldn't effect hers. Some stores are being over cautious , these days, I think.
• United States
12 Apr 12
Yeah that was messed up. This is the second time I've read about this kind of thing happening. I know the reasons behind it , but its a really stupid.
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@cupkitties (7270)
• United States
11 Apr 12
It is a pain. I've been on both ends of the situation as a customer and a seller. However as the poster has mentioned above, we have to ask for ID. Doesn't matter if you think you look old enough. A lot of people look much younger or older than they actually are so we can't go by appearance. In fact 20 something year olds today do not look anything to me the way they used to when I was a kid. Its seldom these days that I can distinguish between a early 20 something and a 15 year old. In my eyes they look the same. I'd rather get into an argument with a customer about showing their ID than losing work or ending up in prison Yeah I know there are clerks who will skip asking ID. They are taking a big risk or don't know the consequences.
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• Ireland
11 Apr 12
As above, I can see where they're coming from (and also have had to ask for ID). Something to bear in mind though is that our legal age is 18, so being 27 I'm not obliged to carry ID. Legal age to have to carry and still show ID is 25 here...
@Morleyhunt (19856)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
Personally, I was tickled to be asked for ID in the last year....I'm 59 years old.
• India
20 Jul 12
sometimes the people working in liquor stores are mistkaen of or ages but we shouldn’t blame them,some of us truelly look younger than we really are and there are those who look older than they are.ive made atendency of always carring my id card with me when im going to get a bottle just to avoid the commosion and misunderstanding.