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Olly Wehring | 21 September 2007

This week, the UK supermarket chain Morrisons refused to sell a bottle of wine to a pensioner. I kid you not.

On Wednesday (19 September), limping, white-haired and grey-bearded 72 year old Tony Ralls was asked by jobsworth supermarket checkout staff at Morrisons, West Kirby, Merseyside, if he could prove he was over 21 years of age.

He was not amused. He was not flattered. He was not trying to buy alcohol illegally.

He was, he thought, just buying his favourite wine from the supermarket.

But it was not to be.

Apparently, when the store manager came to the check-out, he simply refused to let the OAP buy it, leant in grabbed the wine and returned it to the shelf.

Ralls fumed: "I told the manager that I wouldn't confirm I was over 21 because it was a stupid question. He picks up the wine and, in the manner of a child taking home his ball, says: 'Well, we won't serve you'."

A spokesperson for Morrisons said: "To further limit any element of doubt, staff at the West Kirby store are required to ask anyone buying alcohol to confirm that they are over 21."


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