Not So Great Britan

Posted: August 7, 2009 in 1

Folks, there is no way I could make this shit up!-2alago


Shopper, 28, asked to prove her age to buy a pizza wheel Saturday, July 25, 2009, 07:305 readers have commented on this story. Click here to read their views. A 28-YEAR-OLD shopper who went into Marks and Spencer to buy a pizza cutter said she was stunned when she was asked to prove her age. Jenny Palmer, of Gower Street, Derby, went into the chain’s Westfield store to buy the £1.50 item. But when she took it to the checkout she was asked to prove she was over 18, despite being two years shy of her 30th birthday. Miss Palmer said she was shocked. The store operates a Challenge 25 policy which requests staff to ask customers for identification for alcohol and bladed items if they appear to be under 25. Miss Palmer said she agreed stores should be vigilant against selling such items to youths but took offence at being asked for ID herself. She said: “I’m 28 and hardly look like I’m going to go out and physically harm someone. I know I don’t look my age but there are times when I buy alcohol and don’t get asked for ID. “I told the checkout woman that I was buying it because I was moving into a new house, but she said her screen was telling her to ask for ID. I think she could have used some common sense.” The health care assistant, who was purchasing kitchen items for a house she had just bought, said identification laws were becoming too strict. A spokesman for Marks and Spencer said it was illegal for stores to sell blades to people under the age of 18, and that the checkout assistant was right to make the request. He said: “Our policy is not to sell knife or bladed articles to persons under 18, and a pizza wheel fits into to that category. “We are committed to not selling such items to persons under 18 and operate a Challenge 25 policy. Under that policy, any customer who looks under 25 will be asked to provide proof of their age. We are a responsible retailer and our customers expect us to be vigilant in providing blades if people appear to be under age.” Miss Palmer said her friends couldn’t believe what happened. “When I told someone at work they just laughed,” she said. “They couldn’t believe I had to show my ID for a pizza cutter of all things”

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