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Wal mart policy on selling alcohol

Posted Thu May 2, 2013 12:00 pm, by Janel R. written to Walmart

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I went into Walmart to purchase some grocerys an a bottle of wine. My 17 year old son was with me I am 40 the lady at the register was rude and would not sell me the wine because my son was not 21. I asked to speak to a manager he said it was store policy. I asked him so everyone with a child or niece or nephew or acquaintance that is under 21 you will not sell alcohol. He said yes. So I just want to make it clear that your store policy is not to sell alcohol to anyone with a child or family member that is a child. By the way this is not the state law in South Carolina. I will not be shopping at Walmart again due to the way I was treated.

put signs up where the alcohol is and at each cash register so parents know that they can not purchase wine if there kid is with them and also don't just single parents out with older kids if its the policy it needs to be the policy for all


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by mocha l. Posted Sat February 11, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

The same thing happened to me just last night. I was singled out by a
rude cashier and manager. There were no policy signs posted just as
you mentioned and on top of that, Walmart told me that its the law.
I'm in California. So I went home and started doing research which
brought me to this page. Then I contacted the California Department of
Alcoholic Beverage Control from my twitter account and guess what?
There is no such law in California that you can not purchase alcohol
when you have minors with you or that they have to be your kids. I was
told this on my twitter by the department personally. The department
says that some stores can make policies to help guard against
furnishing alcohol to minors but Walmart is lying if they say its the
law in California. I wont be bothered with Walmart's policies or lies.
Have a wonderful day. :) Good luck to you all.

by Melissa H. Posted Mon July 15, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

I was in line at Walmart in a college town and a similar thing
happened. The guy in front of me was over 21 buying alcohol. He struck
up a conversation with another guy in line as they were both students
at the university. They didn't know each other before meeting in line.
I even attested to this as I heard the entire conversation. The second
guy was there with his under age girlfriend. The stupid Walmart clerk
who had not heard the entire conversation and didn't really seem to
care to know the whole story refused to sell the first guy the alcohol
simply because he was talking to the other guy who was standing with
his underage girlfriend. What a crock. The manager was called and he
even gave kudo's to the walmart employee who clearly was uneducated
and seemed this side of homeless. I understand policies, but it would
behoove them to have educated employees and managers that had some
common sense as to when and how the policies should be enforced. At
what point do we admit that we are living in a communist country with
more rules than freedoms?!!

by J G. Posted Wed July 10, 2013 @ 9:12 PM

Guess What~ similar situation in CA. Myself, a Mom aged 43 with my 14
year old son. I had 2 frozen Daily's drinks in with all my groceries
and household necessities. I was asked if "that is your son". I said
yes, but then asked why. She said because if he wasn't your son then
I would not sell you alcohol. I said, it was not her business who I
was with and if that is policy, I will go to Target because I like it
better anyway. The clientele there is MUCH better to boot...lol!
What kind of a world are we in when now we worry about who is with
someone when alcohol is sold???!!! The law states that you must be a
minimum age of 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. I don't know where
Walmart felt they gained the authority to question who an adult is
with and to ASK for ID from a minor which my son does not have outside
of a student body card. That is complete infringement on his privacy
and why should I trust that Walmart has only hired people of the
caliber who should know who a minor is?! Talk about privacy invasion
and if I knew more about the law I would think they have possibly
steps over the boundary of child privacy laws.
This is another step towards a very different America where people are
more concerned about others business than their own. When one acts on
what they might do instead of what they ARE doing and in this case,
abiding by the law, it is ridiculous that the Walmart who tries to
boast American pride would act in such a manner.
As for me, I will let the losers have their store and let their policy
makers boss them around. I have never been raised on government
assistance, taken it myself, nor ever used illegal drugs nor smoked
marijuana..... I will drink alcohol~all of the 2 drinks I bought in
the presence of minors if I should so desire. I reject the Walmart
insinuation that I might share with any minor. You will never get a
penny of our pridefully earned money again. Feels better to know I'm
done with ya'all!


is 59 > 21? by dw54 Wed August 7, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

by GADS2000 Posted Fri June 28, 2013 @ 8:42 PM

That happened to me as well but in NH
I agree, thete was no posting in Walmart about the liquor law policy.
Worst yet, walmart ran my sins license through their system to confirm
that my son was under 21
This was grossly unnecessary.
As an insurance adjuster I understand the legal exposure Walmart
faces.however I wonder if Walmart then reports my sons licende to
local authority even though it was me purchasing the liquor
I am writing to the corporate office


by JAKFK Posted Thu June 27, 2013 @ 3:52 PM

I have no issue with the policy. Regardless of it's effectiveness, it
is the thought that counts. They are trying to curtail adults
purchasing alcohol for minors, and the average consumer is upset with
this? If you're going to buy alcohol, leave the kiddos at home. Easy


stupid policy by Tracy A. Mon July 29, 2013 @ 4:06 PM

Easy Solution? by Vicking1872 Wed July 31, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

Easy solution?? by cissie Tue April 1, 2014 @ 1:02 AM

WalMart and alcohol sales by Jenny H. Fri November 27, 2015 @ 11:27 PM

WalMart and alcohol sales by Jenny H. Fri November 27, 2015 @ 11:34 PM

I usually do but... by mocha l. Sat February 11, 2017 @ 5:59 PM
by cha v. Posted Mon June 24, 2013 @ 12:58 PM

Idk about sc. In tennessee you cant even buy wine unless you are in a
liquor store. The selling alcohol if all in party are not 21 is
actually a state law, however, its rarely enforced outside of liquor
stores. May be different there


by Superhotelworker Posted Sun May 26, 2013 @ 2:54 AM

Actually, they do that not because of state law, but because even
strangers can look alike and they don't know that the alcohol isn't
going to the minor.

It's to cover their own ass from lawsuits from people who DO skirt
around it, and make exceptions for one, means making exceptions for
all. I agree the policy is a bit stricter than it needs to be, but
it's not really an uncommon one. Other grocery stores in my area do it
as well.

And at my walmart, there are signs "Must be 21 to buy alcohol. Have ID
ready. (And in smaller text) We reserve the right to card and ID
anyone assumed to be under 25."

And it's not just parents singled out. Siblings, Cousins, Friends. It
works for everyone.


WalMart and alcohol sales by Jenny H. Sat November 28, 2015 @ 12:01 AM

WalMart and alcohol sales by Jenny H. Sat November 28, 2015 @ 12:27 AM
by hammer6924 Posted Sun May 19, 2013 @ 8:27 PM

It is even more stupid because if the wine was being purchased for the
under age child he could have just waited outside or out of site.
Again as with the gun controllers the policy only hurts the average
person just trying to get on with life.


Love your phrase by MissUK Wed May 22, 2013 @ 11:02 AM
by Jared C. Posted Mon May 6, 2013 @ 1:41 PM

I agree its a stupid policy as it's not hard for teenagers to get
marijuana and other drugs. It's a little harder to get booze or beer,
but still pretty easy, when you're underage.

So, WalMart's policy changes nothing honestly.


by PepperElf Posted Mon May 6, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

did your son handle the bottles at all?

i ask cos from what i've read, if a minot child "helps" by loading
stuff (including the booze) onto the belt then that's enough to ask
for ID.


minot = minor. evil tyop demons like to possess my keyboard n/t by PepperElf Mon May 6, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon May 6, 2013 @ 8:19 AM

I agree, it's beyond stupid. Stupid stupid stupid.

What's the problem? Is walmart unable to properly train its
employees? Because liquor stores are able to handle this without all
the hassles.


I completely agree- by Bobosgirl Wed May 29, 2013 @ 10:40 AM
by Brandan L. Posted Sun May 5, 2013 @ 8:47 PM

That's ridiculous, I would be very upset! I can't believe that. I
understand they worry about minors, but a bottle of wine?


Surprise! by fishbjc Mon May 6, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

Not really by RedheadwGlasses Mon May 6, 2013 @ 1:11 PM

It depends on the wine really. by PepperElf Mon May 6, 2013 @ 2:18 PM

Well, sure by RedheadwGlasses Mon May 6, 2013 @ 5:19 PM

Up to 32% even... scratch that 55% Holy bat brew! by PepperElf Wed May 8, 2013 @ 1:31 PM

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