The procedures put in place to check ID are most certainly needed, imagine if we had annoying 16-year-olds running around with an unlimited supply of Cruisers and Sommersby Ciders.
However, we’ve all been inconvenienced by some overzealous cashier, who despite noticing that you’re in a rush and look like life’s fucked you around enough to definitely not be 17-year-old, still insists you whip out the ID.
Look, I get it, I really do. People have to do their jobs and there’s nothing wrong with that, but when the cashier lacks a basic understanding of what common sense is, it can be pretty bloody infuriating.
Take for example one cashier over in New Zealand, who didn’t allow a 40-year-old bloke to buy a six pack of ALCOHOL-FREE BEER because his equally aged wife hadn’t brought her ID to the supermarket.
Joanna Kasiske and her husband Konrad were doing the weekly shop when the cashier asked for ID, even though the beer didn’t even have any alcohol in it.
“They said that doesn’t matter because it’s a ‘gateway drink’ and I still need ID.”
… A gateway to what? If they’re implying that underage kids are buying alcohol-free beer and then progressing to harder stuff then they’re dead wrong. Everyone knows you start by smuggling a fuckload of vodka mixed with the most sugary liquid you can find before you even BEGIN to get your lips around a frothy.
Much like your Dad when he realises he’s actually in the wrong, the supermarket stood behind the cashier’s decision.
A spokesman for Countdown, the supermarket involved, said that the “company erred on the side of caution to avoid breaching the strict regulations enforced by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.”
“We appreciate that sometimes it can seem over-zealous, and it’s certainly not our intention to frustrate our customers, but we are committed to getting the right balance.”
“Export’s 0% lager is marketed as a beer and displayed in the beer chiller. We require our customers to show ID to purchase this product because of the real risk of confusion at the checkout.”
I mean, if you are willingly buying alcohol-free beer, you’re pretty bloody confused to begin with.
Source: NZ Herald
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