Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Mine's a...

Even more surpising than the chip/potato survey has to be the following.

New research has shown that one third of adults who bought alcohol for under 18s did not realise they were breaking the law. (Click here).

I really do not know what to say other than what hope is there?


Shep said...

I worked in an off-licence a few years ago (house husband and primary parent by day, booze jockey by night) and that whole part of the law was a nightmare.

Parents would come in with their teenage kids, let the kids choose the stuff they wanted, then try to pay for it. I would explain that it's illegal. Then the parent would say "OK then, it's for me, not them." I would then have to explain that it doesn't work like that, and that I couldn't serve them at all as there was suspicion that they would supply to a minor. It's a real bastard, especially if you're the only staff on and it's 10pm. I tried to sympathise but was secretly firm and unwavering (oddly enough my parenting pretty much hangs on that statement too). They would bitch and argue, try to send the kids outside and then pay etc etc but it would be a £1000 fine for me personally (not the company) and I don't have the cash for that.

It was the only unpleasant part of the job. The rest (play what music you like, read your book out the back, 20% off all booze) was great.

Che-Jay said...

well i'm not that tall so sometimes i can't see over the counter, so i have to ask kids to buy me booze !