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article imageSupermarket asks Man, 87, for ID

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 28, 2007 in World
Supermarket Staff ask Jeffrey Archer, 87 years old, for an ID when ordering a bottle of sherry.
An 87-year-old man was asked to prove he was over 21 when he tried to buy a bottle of sherry in a York supermarket.
The former Lord Mayor of York, Jack Archer, said he was shocked - but flattered - when asked the question by staff at Morrisons in Acomb.
He said: "I don't look my age but I certainly don't look young enough to be in trouble for underage drinking."
Morrisons is a supermarket chain in England, has a policy at the stores where they require every one to show their id when ordering a drink. Also, they train their staff called the Task 21 Scheme and address any difficulties they encounter when requesting an id.
Jack Archer used to drink a small glass of sherry before he sleeps, so he went to the Supermarket and ordered a bottle of Sherry, when the Staff requested him to show the id. He said he was surprised with this question, but didn't protest showed his bus pass and the staff gave him the bottle of Sherry. He showed great poise and said it was for the best intentions and the staff did what they had been ordered to do.
The Morrisons spokesman quickly responded to the situations and said:
"This is done with the best of intentions and we would hope it is taken in good humour by those obviously over the age of 21, as we do not wish to cause offence and no disrespect is intended.
The customer didn't mind and the Morrisons apologized quickly, no need of worry being sued, they handled the situation perfectly without any fuss.
Our local stores here require everyone to show, it is not a big deal, it doesn't take long to prove. I only wish they will do it consistently, sometimes they don't ask anyone at all. Does your local Supermarket or store request an ID like this?
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