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Thursday, January 25, 2007

You are having a laugh!

I appreciate that Yorkshire folk aren't the brightest tools in the basket (and that should get a response!!) but this story left me in stitches!!

The Former Lord Mayor of York Jack Archer (age 87) was asked by staff at the Acomb branch of Morisson's if he was over 21.

From the BBC News Website

He said: "I don't look my age but I certainly don't look young enough to be in trouble for underage drinking."

Morrisons said staff had to ask anyone buying alcohol to confirm they were over 21, or provide proof of age.

Mr Archer said he often had a small glass of sherry at bedtime to help him sleep.

He said: "I was taken aback really. Afterwards I thought I should have showed them my bus pass and that would have proved how old I was.

"I must admit the lady wasn't too persistent and I realised she was only doing what she's been told to do."

A Morrisons spokesman said: "This is done with the best of intentions and we would hope it is taken in good humour by those obviously over the age of 21, as we do not wish to cause offence and no disrespect is intended.

"We take our responsibility with regard to selling alcohol very seriously and all our stores operate the Task 21 scheme, which addresses the difficulties staff face in being able to determine if a customer is legally old enough to buy alcohol.

"To further limit any element of doubt, staff at the Acomb store are required to ask anyone buying alcohol to confirm that they are over 21."

Anyone who appears to be under 21 has to provide proof they are old enough to buy alcohol.

4 comments:

Boo said...

I'd be flattered if they asked me!

Ces said...

I only wish someone would ask me if I am older than 21 when I am fifty!

oldcrow61 said...

That is so funny. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind having it happen to me, it would certainly make my day.

digi-birder said...

"I appreciate that Yorkshire folk aren't the brightest tools in the basket (and that should get a response!!)"

OK, I'm responding!! I was going to discuss making you an honorary Yorkshire Person, but that's out of the question now!! In fact you may even be turned away at the border next time. ;)