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    Sad Shop Staff Refuse to Sell Whisky to Great-grandmother, 92, Because She Couldn't Prove She Was Over 18

    A great-grandmother blasted shop staff today after they refused to sell her alcohol at the age of 92, because she had no ID to prove she was over 18.

    Diane Taylor was stunned to be asked for proof of age when she asked for a bottle of whisky from her local One Stop Shop in Harlow, Essex.

    The great-grandmother-of-three produced her over-60s bus pass, an OAP card and even her pacemaker certificate, but was still turned away because she could not provide a passport or driving licence.

    It was the first time that the pensioner, who was born in 1919 turned 18 in 1937, has ever been asked to show ID when buying alcohol.
    Diane, who is also a mother-of-two, said it demonstrated a "ridiculous" and "offensive" lack of common sense.

    She said: "I asked the girl behind the counter to repeat herself three times, I just couldn't believe what I was hearing, I thought it was a joke.

    "I can understand shops being strict with all the youngsters buying booze but surely there's a difference between a 92-year-old and someone of 18.

    "I ended up storming out in indignation. It is just ridiculous to ask someone of my age to prove they are an adult, I find it offensive.

    "I have never been asked for ID before in my life but then I turned 18 in 1937."

    Diane was on her my home from a check-up with her doctor when she went to buy a bottle of whisky for her son from the One Stop Shop in Harlow.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-prove-18.html

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    Maybe the staff was flirting with her

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    It is dumb but is store policy for many businesses. It might be an insurance (coverage) requirement. I know many local stores will ask for proof of age if you appear to be under 40, if buying alcohol or tobacco products. Frankly it would make my day if I were asked for proof of age.

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    I've never been asked, although I've been told that I look younger than I am. I personally would find it annoying, but not insulting, if I was ever to be asked.

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    It's silly that they wouldn't sell to her. But they probably have to ask and have to be shown proof, even though she's clearly old enough. Many places have strange rules that have to be followed no matter what.

    My mom once worked at a store where you weren't allowed to have pens on the cash register.
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