Teetotal tattooist says Burnham shop ID scheme is over the top

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Paula Doggett Paula Doggett

A teetotal tattooist feels she is being singled out to be ID-d at a supermarket because of her appearance.

Heavily inked Paula Doggett, 25, does not drink alcohol but claims to have been asked for identification when accompanying family and friends who are buying drink from the Co-Op in Foundry Lane, Burnham.

Miss Doggett, of Lilian Road, said: “I wouldn't mind but I'm a 25-year-old with over 65 tattoos, ten piercings on my ears and big fat dreadlocks that I have been growing for four years.

The East of England Co-op said it enforces Challenge 25, where retailers must request ID from anyone buying alcohol, tobacco and other age-related products, if they look under 25, even if they are simply within a group of people purchasing the products.

It is a legal requirement on the retailer to check proof of age.

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5:38pm Fri 23 May 14

strawberry1 says...

I know it can be annoying, however I think you will have to take it as a compliment that you look under 25, I work as a manager in a supermarket, not this one, but we will fail a trading standards ID check if the person buying alcohol is 24, and they haven't been asked for identification. (Our policy is think 25) as you can imagine working for minimum wage cashiers don't fancy their chances in receiving an £80 on the spot fine, for failing to do so.
I know it can be annoying, however I think you will have to take it as a compliment that you look under 25, I work as a manager in a supermarket, not this one, but we will fail a trading standards ID check if the person buying alcohol is 24, and they haven't been asked for identification. (Our policy is think 25) as you can imagine working for minimum wage cashiers don't fancy their chances in receiving an £80 on the spot fine, for failing to do so. strawberry1
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11:53pm Fri 23 May 14

Goomynuts says...

But Paula was not the person purchasing alcohol - she was with a group of family and friends who were doing so - How does that work?

Equally, if her friend/family member was buying a vegetable knife or tube of Uhu, would Paula and possibly every member of the party require ID also?
But Paula was not the person purchasing alcohol - she was with a group of family and friends who were doing so - How does that work? Equally, if her friend/family member was buying a vegetable knife or tube of Uhu, would Paula and possibly every member of the party require ID also? Goomynuts
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9:21am Sat 24 May 14

strawberry1 says...

Each and every company has a different policy, if I had a group of people come through and buy some alcohol and was unsure of ages, then yes the whole group would be ID'd regardless of whether they brought 20 crates of beer or a single bottle of wine, I think it's more of the case that drinking is viewed as a social thing amongst anyone under 30, hence the rules and guidelines. Cashiers and shops can get so penalised so easily today for selling alcohol, so I don't blame them for not taking the risk anymore! However if this is your local shop and you shop there all the time, then surely they would remember you by now?? And with the knives comment if that was purchased within a weekly shop then I'd see no need to ID the whole family. As it's quite obvious it would be used for veg, and not for a weapon! Hope that answered your question.
Each and every company has a different policy, if I had a group of people come through and buy some alcohol and was unsure of ages, then yes the whole group would be ID'd regardless of whether they brought 20 crates of beer or a single bottle of wine, I think it's more of the case that drinking is viewed as a social thing amongst anyone under 30, hence the rules and guidelines. Cashiers and shops can get so penalised so easily today for selling alcohol, so I don't blame them for not taking the risk anymore! However if this is your local shop and you shop there all the time, then surely they would remember you by now?? And with the knives comment if that was purchased within a weekly shop then I'd see no need to ID the whole family. As it's quite obvious it would be used for veg, and not for a weapon! Hope that answered your question. strawberry1
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