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I dropped into my local Waitrose (Sevenoaks) to buy a few groceries at lunch time.

All was well until I got to the check out.

Checkout Lady: "Do you need a bag"

Me: "Yes, please"

Checkout Lady: *looks at me disapprovingly*

2mins later....

Checkout Lady: *looks at me... looks at the two bottles of beer I wish to purchase... looks at me again*

Checkout Lady: "do you have a form of photo identification please?"

Me: *standing there 6' 5'' 200lbs wearing my wedding ring smiling politely*

Me: "I am 29"

Checkout Lady: "please may I see your photo ID"

Me: *I hand over my driving license DOB **/06/1980*

Checkout Lady: "OK, thank you"

30 seconds later....

Checkout Lady: "that's £19.78"

Me: *handed over a £50 note (left over from my holiday)*

Checkout Lady: *looks pained and presses her buzzer*

Checkout Lady: "Sorry, but all £50 notes much be checked by our supervisor"

Me: *standing by the checkout waiting like an idiot with a queue of people behind me*

Supervisor: *hurries over, doesn't say anything to me and spends literally 20 seconds examining my£50 with a queue of customers watching (whilst doing so muttered something under her breath - I think something about a £? note earlier in the day)

As you can imagine I felt really valued as a customer.

Incidentally, that is the 3rd time in a row that I have been asked for ID at Waitrose. It's not like I look particularly young or buy cheap booze. Usually I buy a decent bottle of wine or a couple of bottles of real Ale.

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I dropped into my local Waitrose (Sevenoaks) to buy a few groceries at lunch time.

All was well until I got to the check out.

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Me: *I hand over my driving license DOB **/06/1980*

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Incidentally, that is the 3rd time in a row that I have been asked for ID at Waitrose. It's not like I look particularly young or buy cheap booze. Usually I buy a decent bottle of wine or a couple of bottles of real Ale.

You lucky youthful thing, you. Or are you Dorian Grey?

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I saw a sign in Tescos recently that they are now going to ask for ID for anyone who seems to be younger than 25, maybe waitrose have started the same policy.

A lot of places are doing this. My friend in Cardiff got asked for ID, he's 37, 6' 5" and looks like Lee Marvin after a hard night out.

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Just wait - If the National Identity Register / ID card scheme fails to get killed off by the next government, then you can kiss goodbye to buying whatever you want to drink, no matter what your age...... "Sorry Sir, you've exceeded your weekly 21 units alcohol limit!".

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Just wait - If the National Identity Register / ID card scheme fails to get killed off by the next government, then you can kiss goodbye to buying whatever you want to drink, no matter what your age...... "Sorry Sir, you've exceeded your weekly 21 units alcohol limit!".

Yes very good. :lol:

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I bought a train ticket in France recently and was charged for a youth ticket. I am 33.

Amusingly, my 27 year old sister was charged full fare.

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I see no problem being asked for ID when buying booze. From the shops point of view, if they get caught selling to youngsters under age they face large fines. I also believe the shop assistant serving the customer is responsible and can be fined.

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interesting...

I dont have this problem and shop at tesco's

do you expect a higher level of service from waitrose, since you pay twice as much for the goods?

Or are you just sulking and feel silly and feel like a rant?

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Aaahhhhhhhh good old Waitrose :lol:

Gallon of milk

Bag of salad

Pizza

Bog Rolls

"That's 45 quid please"

I always avoided it where possible, I invariably had some form of heart failure at the checkout.

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I have a very different experience of Waitrose, and recommend Waitrose in Eaton very highly - especially 15 minutes before closing time...

The lady on the cakes counter often offers cakes for 5p each, and the cooked chickens are sometimes 50p each.

If you hit the sweet spot you can just follow the man with the discount gun round the shop picking stuff up at 10% of the original price. One time sticks in my mind very well, when we bought £65 of full priced stuff for £9 - and the most expensie thing was the bag of frozen chips to go with the "was £9.99 now 99p" steaks that we had for tea... the rest goes in the freezer.

The staff are polite and helpful, and some little old ladies have a shop assistant found up for them to help them do their shopping. We don't get asked for ID, but if the checkout person is underage, then they have to ring the buzzer to get approval to sell the alcohol.

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Next time you're there go up to the till with a case of beer and a box of nappies. When the checkout lady says "that'll be £14.98 please" say to her "I've only got a tenner" and leave back the nappies. See how approving the looks you get will be then.

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Next time you're there go up to the till with a case of beer and a box of nappies. When the checkout lady says "that'll be £14.98 please" say to her "I've only got a tenner" and leave back the nappies. See how approving the looks you get will be then.

I'd be tempted to mutter about how the floor is wipe clean but that the baby won't get to sleep without the ingredients for it's "special" bottle... :P

I also yearn to be brave enough to make a suitable comment to the checkout girls at Asda who pry too much: buying a pregnancy test kit should be a discreet affair, and you shouldn't be told "let's hope it's good news, hey?" by the girl doing the scanning... My favoured response would be "yeah, lets hope so, as my husband's been away for work for the last few months", or "that depends on the colour of the baby" - sadly I'm just not bolshy enough :(

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I have a very different experience of Waitrose, and recommend Waitrose in Eaton very highly - especially 15 minutes before closing time...

Absolutely!

We normally go down to the local Waitrose for a graze at closing time;

there's normally something aspirational marked down to next to nothing.

Full credit to them; they don't mess around; they price it to clear.

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I got IDed today buying filter tips and rizla (no tobacco) at Sainsbury's and I'm 27. I didn't have any on me so I queried why I was being IDed for filter tips and rizla. The woman had to go and get her manager to ask if it was ok to sell them to me. I have noticed that I've been getting IDed a lot this year, I used to be able to buy booze with no problems when I was 13.

Don't keep us in suspense... are you tabbed up?

My Dad was refused beer at Food Lion in the US last year as he didn't have acceptable photo id. He is 70. The manager gave it the "Those are the rules sir" guff.

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I just hope that when you got the change from the £50 you spent about 20 minutes of time checking each note they handed you.

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This is Waitrose right - shopped at by the well off middle class and where you wouldn't get much change out of £50 from buying a basket of shopping.

Try Iceland. :lol:

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I'm 40 and got asked for ID in M&S for buying a bottle of wine. I told her I was 40 and said I would pay by credit card to show I was over 18. She just smiled sheepishly. Seriously I wouldn't mind if we all had ID cards but I don't usually carry photo ID on me.

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My Dad was refused beer at Food Lion in the US last year as he didn't have acceptable photo id. He is 70. The manager gave it the "Those are the rules sir" guff.

I was also surprised by being asked for ID in the US to enter a bar as a 40something. I chatted to the doorman, who explained that it was easier and fairer to just check everyone's age rather than worry about when to check someone's age. It's seen as fairer. Everyone gets asked. They make it a policy, so no one ever gets through.

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