My youngest daughter finished class late this evening and needed a simple digital watch and a couple items for her next class. I decided to take her (and her boyfriend) to the local Super Walmart. When we arrived, the two of them headed their way and I decided to grab a bottle of wine (International Wine Day). Met up with them at the front of the store and we proceeded to the Express Checkout. As the checker looked at the items she informed me she would need ID’s. I told her I was buying the items but that the wine was for me. She rudely informed me that no one under 40 could buy alcohol. And proceeded to walk away to another Walmart employee. This gentleman came over (possibly evening manager). And he began to explain: “.... if we sold cigarettes to an adult who had minors with them and then when they left the store and the adult handed over the cigarettes to the minors, we would be held liable ...” Insert my confusion. “I’m the adult and this is my daughter. I’m buying the items. And the wine is for me. I take that responsibility. So you just need my ID. Right?” His response: “No. We will not sell you the wine because they are underage.” There was a bit more discussion (partly my youngest was trying to insert her opinion and comments and than here I was COMPLETELY FLABBERGASTED). So they took the wine away, scanned up my remaining items and told me to have a good holiday weekend and sent me on my way. So, as we left I took my business elsewhere.
It isn’t about the wine. It’s not about the alcohol. It’s about a company deciding to make their own rules. And construing, twisting and changing laws to their own liking.
I’m a law abiding citizen. I follow the rules. And I would never buy alcohol or cigarettes for a minor. And here I was treated like I was a criminal. And my daughter (and her boyfriend) were so embarrassed and hurt that they were the “reason” I was unable to purchase a selected item. If Walmart has a problem with this happening maybe they should stop selling alcohol and cigarettes Whatever they choose, I will stop shopping at Walmart. It was merely a convenience. And now, I’ll take my business elsewhere.