Originally Posted by prettygood
This whole ID mania of the past few years has gone way too far. Here's a recent article from the Register about ASDA and Tesco now asking people for ID to buy teaspoons. Teaspoons!
Things aren't going to change until more people start either bursting into laughter when asked for ID or just leaving all of their shopping on the conveyor belt and walking out of the store. Alternatively, if you think that Think 21 and Think 25 are a bit ridiculous, start shopping at off licences that don't do it instead of supermarkets that do. Think 21 and Think 25 are only guidelines that supermarkets choose to follow, not actual laws. There's nothing illegal about selling a 19 year-old or 22 year-old alcohol without asking them for ID first.
if people want the supermarkets, national off licence chains, and many reputable small retailers to stop with the ID'ing and Think 21/25 campaigns then they need to complain to their MP's about the constant test purchasing that is put upon these establishments, because that is why they do it.
they do it to minimise that chance that a member of staff will make a mistake and serve the wrong person, so training them to ask everyone who looks young (basically thats what its all about - 21/25 is just a number) to show ID will mean they do not risk prosecution.
however, if the disgruntled people of sheffield let the council know that they do not want retailers to be tested in this way, then they will likely drop the think 21/25 policies and be more relaxed about the issue, as they are lees liable to be prosecuted should someone make a mistake, or just down right not care who they serve.
nb, although think 21 is not a law, most licensed retailers are expected
to be a member of the responsible retailer scheme in sheffield. which promotes the use of think 21/25 in all those premises.
if you are not a member of the scheme then you should expect to be tested to the hilt until you finally make one mistake and then pay the price.