Liquor stores are encouraged to be vigilant to ensure that their consumers are of legal age to purchase alcohol, but when a 92-year-old man walks up to the counter with a couple bottles of vodka, asking him to produce ID to prove his age is preposterous. Agree?
Perhaps they do things a little different in the UK, but an employee at a Tesco liquor store in Feltham, West London didn’t agree that the elderly man, war veteran Tony Ball, looked a day over 18 – the legal age in the UK. MSN Now shared Ball’s story on Tuesday, and said the great-grandfather was thoroughly embarrassed.
Ball – grandfather to 16 and a great-grandfather to 19 others – wanted two bottles of Smirnoff. When the checkout girl carded him, Ball said he thought it was a joke. Ball didn’t have ID with him.
“I laughed but she then said, ‘We're not allowed to serve you if you're under age,’” Ball reported her as telling him. “By the look on her face she wasn't joking. I said, ‘Do you mean it?’ and she said, ‘Yes.’ So I said, ‘You can tell Tesco what to do with their stuff,’ and walked out.”
Ball then went across the street to purchase his Vodka, which he said was cheaper anyway.
The Manager of Tesco tried to pass it off as a joke, but Ball wasn’t having it.
“I can take a joke but that wasn't a joke. I was embarrassed as well because there were other people in the queue (in line),” Ball said.
A spokesman for Tesco followed up with: “Our colleague was trying to be lighthearted, but we appreciate the joke wasn't shared. We have apologized and we're keeping Mr. Ball's bottles for him if he chooses to drop by, with our compliments.”
Note to Tesco – Don’t expect to see Ball back after your booze brouhaha.