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to think this is a bit of an insult to our parenting?

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KateMess Wed 26-Aug-09 16:22:51

DP was in Slummerfields yesterday with his nephew, aged 12. Along with a few bits of food, he picked up a bottle of wine, but was refused service at the till, because nephew is underage shock. DP's protestations that we wouldn't be providing rioja top-ups fell on cloth deaf ears.

DP brought nephew home and returned to make his feelings more strongly felt. The manager admitted possibly over-zealous enforcement by the cashier (who had been sent 'out back') but refused to serve DP the wine 'because he didn't much like his attitude'. He can have this second point - I've often refused him things on the same basis.

DP is 37 and so clean-cut he was once invited to join an boy-band, so don't go telling me he must have looked rough.

Is this occurring elsewhere?

PartOfTheHumphreysGroup Wed 26-Aug-09 16:25:13

how bizarre.

IdrisTheDragon Wed 26-Aug-09 16:26:46

I have heard about this happening to other people with children of around that age. Does seem odd.

MmeLindt Wed 26-Aug-09 16:28:58

How strange. I would not be shopping there again.

Are we now not allowed a glass of wine if we have our children with us?

OrmIrian Wed 26-Aug-09 16:30:42

Very strange.

So if he had left DN outside or home alone and popped in for the wine he's have been OK?

OtterInaSkoda Wed 26-Aug-09 16:32:04

Good grief! Still, if it catches on it might help reduce my alcohol intake... grin

EyeballsintheSky Wed 26-Aug-09 16:36:12

Great, but if your nephew had gone in on his own and tried to buy some cheapy cider they probably would have served him hmm. No one uses any common sense any more, do they?

KateMess Wed 26-Aug-09 16:36:31

I would be more understanding if DP had been disheveled or drunk etc, but we were on our way back from a meal at pizza express and had consumed 3 cokes between us. DP was wearing a proper shirt!

Interesting it rings a bell with you Idris, I vaguely remember reading a thread about it on here but can't remember the details.

moondog Wed 26-Aug-09 16:37:24

Outrageous!! shock

LaurieFairyCake Wed 26-Aug-09 16:38:37

This is happening so much recently.

Yet another vote for online shopping.

LovelyTinOfSpam Wed 26-Aug-09 16:52:01

Have been a few threads about this recently.

Is bloody ridiculous. So now if you are within 10 feet of a child you can't buy alcohol?

The whole thing winds me up.

TheCrackFox Wed 26-Aug-09 16:52:41

I have heard of this happening before. It is ridiculous.

I think some shops have forgotten to hire staff with any common sense.

KateMess Wed 26-Aug-09 16:55:39

Yes, Laurie but unfortunately I am in denial about always underestimate how much wine one gets through in a week.

naturalblonde Wed 26-Aug-09 16:57:30

My dh went to buy some beers with his 15 yo brother and they refused to serve him. (The beers were for me and dh, not his bro btw!)

He's a serving police officer and they still wouldn't serve him even when he showed his warrant card.

Tombliboobs Wed 26-Aug-09 16:58:36

Ah well, it depends which boy band he was invited to join... Shane from Westlife or Brian Harvey from East 17? Until I know which I couldn't possibly comment wink

southeastastra Wed 26-Aug-09 16:59:47

i just bought tons of wine and had my 8 year old with me.

Saltire Wed 26-Aug-09 17:00:33

I don't understand why these places don't accept MOD military ID cards as proof of age as they ahve the Date of Birth of the person carrying it, plus a photo.

The shop along the road form me, which has been selling me wine cider and beer for the past 2 years, served by under 18s, has decided that everyone who purchases alcohol from them will be asked for ID, even if they are obviously over 18 - such as pensioners.

IdrisTheDragon Wed 26-Aug-09 17:00:39

There was definitely a thread on here about it.

Saltire Wed 26-Aug-09 17:01:56

There was a similar one today or yesterday about needing ID to buy alcohol.

gettingagrip Wed 26-Aug-09 17:02:41

Yes this has happened to me, in fact I have posted about this before I think.

Asda, Sainsbury's ....

If I have my teenagers with me this happens alot!

It's very embarrassing, and totally ridiculous.

I am 51!!

LovelyTinOfSpam Wed 26-Aug-09 17:04:20

Bit of a shocker they wouldn;t serve a copper shock

Saltire Wed 26-Aug-09 17:08:30

I know a woman who was refused alcohol becasue she had her 7 year old daughter with her at the till, along with her DH, her mother and her sister (38). The mother took the little girl to another till to buy a sweet and they let my friend have alcohol, then she let her 7 year old push the trolley out the shop and the assistant ran after and said "I can't allow you to let that child push the trolley and if you continue to do so I will be foreced to take the alcohol off you "

KateMess Wed 26-Aug-09 17:11:17

yet they have no problem selling rancid scotch eggs and melted haribo. I know, they've satisfied my midnight third trimester cravings on several occasions (DP always censors the online shop the bugger).

MillyR Wed 26-Aug-09 17:12:14

I don't understand. Has there been some law change? Are you not allowed to buy alcohol if you have a child with you?

KateMess Wed 26-Aug-09 17:12:44

Saltire shock shock that's incredible!

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