Mum Says Aldi Refused To Sell Her Gin Ice Pops Because She Was With Daughter, 15
A mum was left fuming after staff at Aldi refused to sell her gin ice pops because she was shopping with her 15-year-old daughter.
Sue Manton, 52, picked up the frozen treats and some cocktail mixers for a party for a group of school mums, but says when she attempted to pay the cashier asked her daughter if she had ID.
As her 15-year-old didn't, she claims the staff member told Sue she wouldn't be able to buy the items.
Sue, from St John's, Worcester, said: "They are basically saying that no parent with children can buy a drink. I can't see how that can be possible.
"Surely this is not right. I feel very embarrassed, as does my poor daughter, that they are implying I would give my 15-year-old daughter alcohol.
"I just felt stupid and they were accusing me of being a bad parent.
"Upon checking out, the cashier questioned my daughter's age and asked for ID - she is 15. They then refused to sell me my alcohol.
"I explained that the alcohol was for me and that my daughter always comes with me as I don't want to leave her home alone.
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"They said that they thought I was buying the alcohol for her. They then said they would serve me if she was not with me.
"So, she went to the car and I returned to the back of the queue, which was massive, only to be told half-an-hour later that I still couldn't buy it as they had refused me previously."
She also shared a post to Facebook to vent her frustrations, writing: "First time I have ever been refused purchasing alcohol and all because I had my 15-year-old daughter with me.
"I had two managers and the till girl arguing with me - they assume that because my daughter is with me the alcohol is for her.
"I have never heard anything so ridiculous. So, mums and dads, watch out - no adult is allowed to purchase alcohol if you have your children with you. It's the law."
The Aldi store in question eventually let her buy the boozy ice pops and apologised.
A spokesperson for the company said: "We operate a Challenge 25 policy at all of our stores and staff can apply this if they think alcohol may be passed to someone underage.
"We apologise to Ms Manton for any inconvenience caused."
In the UK it is illegal for an adult to buy alcohol on behalf of someone who is under the age of 18 - as such, retailers are legally allowed to refuse the sale of alcohol to an adult if they are accompanied by a child and they believe the booze is being bought for them.
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