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Walmart's ridiculous sales policy

Posted Sat January 3, 2009 12:00 pm, by Brenda B. written to Walmart

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My husband and his two sons just returned from a trip to your store in Camillus, NY, where he encountered possibly the most ridiculous policy I have ever heard of in a retail establishment. My husband, age 44, attempted to purchase beer along with several other items. The check-out clerk would not sell the beer to him because his sons are underage. This policy was upheld by a manager. My husband questioned this policy, and was told that no alcohol can be sold to a group unless everyone shows valid ID. This is even true of a parent shopping with their child, regardless of the age of the child. A parent with a baby in a carrier would also be refused a sale.

I an understand this policy to an extent, but to exclude the sale of alcohol to a parent accompanied by their own minor children is simply ridiculous. Even if my husband HAD been buying the beer for his sons, it is perfectly legal for HIM to serve it to them at home. This was not his intent, but it is NOT illegal for a parent to serve their child alcohol AT HOME.

I would recommend that you re-think this policy, and at least let a manager use his or her discretion to override it when a parent with proper ID is shopping with his or her own children.

Change your ridiculous policy!


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by catie m. Posted Fri July 6, 2012 @ 6:04 AM

i felt very offended by this ridiculous policy!! as a 22 yr old female
i felt that i was misjudged and so were the people with me!

I had my younger sister and her best friend, i ran into walmart for a
few things for their sleep over and my needs as well. It was right
before the holiday weekend and i decided to treat myself(since i
rarely rarely drink) to a daily's!

Well how about not because the cashier asked for my id and i showed
her she said i need to see ya'lls too i said why? she then explained
the policy to me(meanwhile i was looking at her like she had lost her
mind) well i then asked for a manager, she then repeated what the
cashier said I said ok so your policy follows laws her in sc? well
yes! i said really...b/c last time i checked when i turned 21 the law
stated: any person over 21 yrs of age may purchase alcoholic
beverages.... i said no where in that statement does it say, that when
accompanied by minors you cant! she then tried to insult my
intelligence by say: well maybe you didnt read the law right???? huh
umm no maybe you didnt lol! i said i feel very very judged! i dont buy
alcohol for minors, never have! i have a 17 month old and would be
very upset if someone attempted to buy him alcohol later in life! so
then i said ok fine thanks bye!

went to target got the same item went up to the register w my id money
and my minors(lol) she rang it up and i said so you guys dont follow
the "RULE" she said what rule ma'am i said the one where a 22 yr old
can purchase alcohol when accompanied by minors? she then gave me the
same look as i gave the lady in walmart! she said no ma'am as long as
you aren't collecting money from them or they aren't holding the
purchase there is no other rules. i said ok well now im a die hard
target shopper! i love target!! woopwoop and now they have groceries!!

so walmart your policies suck and are very offensive to the few it
happens to! you are going to get sued for someone for discrimination,
breaking the law, public humiliation or slander against someone!! id
be very selective on your RULES!!

by Lawyer Man Posted Tue June 12, 2012 @ 5:55 PM

What Retail Veteran says is true. It is illegal for a minor to possess
alcohol. What he/she failed to tell you is some states have laws that
allow underage consumption and possession of alcohol with
parents/guardians consent and being present. This is true in Colorado
(which is where I reside) and state law states that underage
consumption is legal as long as they have their parent/guardianĺs
consent and are present, and are in the home of residence or another
private establishment, and if it is in a private establishment then
they must also obtain the private establishment ownerĺs permission as
well. If anyone wants to question this, I suggest that you take a look
at you state laws webpage. Coloradoĺs can be found at
http://www.courts.state.co.us Many people who reply to posts may sound
like they know what they are talking about, but a quick look up of
your state lawĺs will prove them to be as moronic as the views they
are trying to impose upon you.

As for them stating that your entire group must present an I.D. to
purchase alcohol/tobacco, not only are they infringing upon the rights
of US citizens but it is against the law. According to The Age
Discrimination Act of 1975,

ôThis act prohibits any entity receiving federal fund from
discriminating based on age. The law is primarily designed to ensure
that individuals are not denied access to programs and activities
supported by federal money based on their age. The U.S. Department of
Labor's Civil Rights Center enforces the act's provisions. When an
individual believes someone has violated the act, that person can
bring a suit in U.S. district court. This will result in a judicial
review. If the judge rules in favor of the plaintiff, the federal
government administrative office is required to cover the cost of the
plaintiff's attorney fees and any compensation established by a

Read more: Federal Age Discrimination Laws | eHow.com

According to CNN Money, Wal-Mart has received at least $1 billion in
government subsidies to aid in the retailerĺs expansion. More
information visit http://www.courts.state.co.us

So Wal-Mart receives federal funding which means they are included in
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975. Meaning that either Wal-Mart needs
to card EVERY individual regardless of age (babies, toddlers,
children, pre-teens, teenagers, adults, and seniors, which is
impossible because minors rarely have I.D.ĺs) or change their
ridiculous policy which in no way is helping them accomplish anything
expect for making lots of customers very angry.

by jcupp Posted Sat September 3, 2011 @ 1:00 PM

my 24 year old daughter and her 20 year old husband were buying a
bottle of wine for the aniversery and was refused as well so they went
acroos the street an bought it together from another store
ps fix it go get a lot of food fill up buggy the put a bottle of cheap
wine berr whatever last if they stop you walk out let them loose the
sale if we all do this they might get the message since $$$ rule


by Charlie B. Posted Tue March 29, 2011 @ 3:13 AM

I had a similar experience going though the line with my kid brother.
I had just returned from doing another year in Afghanistan, and really
could have gone without the reprochable treatment I recieved. After
shopping for an hour, I went through the line with a six pack. The
cashier wanted his ID too. I explained to them that the beer was for
me (and only me), and impressed the fact that state law only requires
them card him if they believed the achohol to be for him also. And,
"frankly I'm offended by your accusation that I am intending to break
the law." After trying to talk some sence into a couple of assistant
managers I got no where; they were firm with what they called a
nationwide corporate policy.

So I walk out; and left them with the $200 dollars in merchandise to
restock. I left several messages for the store manager who basically
just ignored me. I also called and left messages for a regional or
corporate representative. Again no response. That was six month now
and I've not gone back. Happily I now shop at Target(they have better
prices anyway) I will continue to refuse to shop at Walmart so long as
they remain unable to show me the respect and desency of returing my
calls and addressing my concern.

by mair Posted Fri March 11, 2011 @ 12:49 AM

i totally agree...the people at walmartr overheard my mom talking
about her 19 year old daughter which is me say that she was going to
have a drink with me on my birthday. I wasnt even at the store with
her and they wouldnt sell her the bottle because they "heard" her say
its for her 19 year old. It is rediculous that they would refuse that
when i wasnt even there.

by Lex 1959 Posted Tue July 20, 2010 @ 10:34 PM

July 20, 2010
I'm a 51 year old attorney who just went to a WalMart in ft. payne,
Alabama with my 22 year old daughter and 18 year old son. I've had
surgury, so I asked my alult daugher to purchase the groceries, about
$200.00 worth , and a six pack of wine cooler type drinks and a four
pack, all small bottles. I sat down about 50 feet from checkout, due
to pain from a recent surgery. he 17 year old cashier refused to
allow my dauhter to buy alcohol unless my son showed an ID. I got
ibvolved and asked for a manager, but got an assistant. Then I
finally insisted and got the associated manager named York. he
admitted that if my daughter was alone, she could make the purchase,
but sending my son away wasn't good enough because he had been seen.
They agreed to sell to me but refused to show me a written policy. At
first I was told it was a company policy. Since he didn't want to show
mw a written policy even though I asked him at least twelve times,
the manager, York, then changed his story to say it was an agreement
between the store and the city that prevented him from selling alcohol
to a 22 year ould who was with any other person without everyone
showing ID. I doubt that the alterenate story about such a policy is
true as well. To add insult to injury, the ONLY item that the 16 year
old cashier asked about regarding our preference on bagging was
tampons, holding the package up to my daughter's face. I will contact
the legal ofice in Bentenville tomorrow. I hope that reason will
prevail. It could be that the problem is unique and localized where
manager trainees are poorly educated and or members of fringe
religious groups that think Jesus only drank grape juice because
nobody explained that grape juice did not exist before the invention
of refrigeration.


did it work by kingr2d3 Tue August 30, 2011 @ 9:28 PM

by wkiddnbama Posted Sun November 22, 2009 @ 10:53 AM

Hello--I'm too a victim of this, but a much more extreme case--I
finally got fed up with them. About a year ago I went to buy a bottle
of wine with my groceries and my youngest was helpin unload groceries
and touched the wine. Then they couldn't sell it to me. Of course I
got mad and retaliated, but I just got the rest of my stuff and came
in later to get it by myself. Well, I had no clue that Walmart's
policy (which is currently being investigated) is that an adult can't
even buy it in the PRESENCE OF A CHILD. A few days ago I went to buy
wine with my 21 year old son (I'm 40) and he didn't have his id on him
(picture) anyway because he was in the process of updating from SC to
Al since he moved back with us. They denied it to me just because he
didn't have an ID. I felt soo personally discriminated against since
I was just in a week ago and bough wine with my younger girls and
there wasn't a problem. That's when I proceeded to say that it must
be a "backwards-country-****Christian religious conspiracy!" and I
called the police to verify his age, but it backfired on me. By the
time the police got there, I've had ugly words with the managers whom
want to ban me from Walmarts all over Alabama. I was in no way
violent and the cop got mad and took his anger out on me--slammed me
up against the window so hard that it almost fell out and the manager
had to push the window back up. I asked the cop why did he get
violent when I was willing to go to jail over this ridiculous policy?
HE DIDN'T HAVE AN ANSWER. He was probably worried that I would sue
him for HIS CONDUCT. Well, now I have to go to court on Jan. 21st
here in Wetumpka, Al to see if I just have to pay a fine, or go to
jail. My husband has since posted my bond which was $500 (he didn't
actually pay anything-he put a lean on our home). I am guilty of
disorderly conduct--but I was in no way violent. I was just offending
people with what I was saying. I'm a sensetive person and took this
to heart, but I really think that Walmart's policy is an invasion of
personal privacy. How is it Walmart's responsibility that someone
drinks underage? How can they play God?? I never would've guessed
that you couldn't buy alcohol in the presence of a minor. Everywhere
else you can. How could I not think this wasn't a Southern Christian
Conspiracy? I know I may sound exteme, but really this is

by mallman Posted Sat August 22, 2009 @ 9:48 PM

my boyfriend and my dtr 16 just went thru checkout line - self pay and
when my 16 year old went to swipe the card -- after I had already been
verified as adult over 21 (i'm 36)---they then refused to sell the
alcohol which was fine, but then they decided to not let me go back
thru the line for the alcohol purchase by myself and they also held
onto my card-- in my name that my dtr was just helping me by swiping
and stated that she could not even push the cart with alcohol in it.
we were just letting her slide the card with my name on it, just to
help-- in no way was i contributing to an alcohol purchase for her, it
didn't even cross my mind. She then completed the transaction of the
alcohol and other misc items and signed at the bottom of the receipt-
"underage purchase" and then rang up the other items minus the wine
and then let me sign for the purchase. now both the purchases are
shoeing on my acct. one with the wine and other items and one without
the wine bbut with the other items. so, we were charged for the wine,
but didn't get to leave the store with it and then in essence we were
double charged for the other misc items we had purchased. We are
currently awaiting return call from corporate. she in essence did
complete an underage sell by charging our card-- if that is what she
think was going on -since she signed where my signature goes "underage
sale" and charge my bank account-- did she do something illegal by
completing this transaction if she thought it was a third party
purchase for alcohol???if it would have been cigarrettes, would it be
the same, if i would allow my 6 yr old just wipe the card to help
would it still be an underage sell???-- it's frustrating because they
even told me i was not allowed to come back and purchase alcohol until
the next day. I understand them trying to cut down on underage
purchases, but this is riduculous and their attitude towards me here
in south carolina was ridiculous-- like i was a criminal-- so, I guess
a child--even a teenager is not allowed to push a cart with alcohol,
or slide the card in their moms name while in self checkout for the
parent when there is alcohol involved. Pretty sad that they completed
the transaction and charged my acct and i didn't get to leave with my
bottle of wine. Guess I'm getting a little educatin on alcohol
purchases here and how walmart deals with the public-- it was quite
embarrassing for the guests behind me to see it unfold as I would
never purchase or let my 16 yr old purchase the alcohol for her
consumption. I did get my card back in the end but only after i had to
use some words that I normally wouldn't say...

by kadyalexander Posted Wed February 25, 2009 @ 12:09 AM

This just happened to me and my husband about an hour ago. We are
both 30 years old. I had forgotten my wallet at home. We currently
live in Iowa which allows parents to serve their children. The
cashier and the manager told us that it was because of third party
sales to minors. We are still fuming mad! I even was getting ready
to leave so that he could make the purchase but they said they still
would not sell it to him. They also said it was because it is a
college town, however, we are originally from a college town that has
no problems with selling alcohol to parties where not everyone has
ID's. I even asked if it was a policy or if it was a law and was told
it was a policy. We do most of our shopping at Wal-Mart but have
started to rethink this. I have read a similiar blog to this and
apparently this stupid policy has made the rounds to several
Wal-Marts. If they have policies where it is harder for people to
make legal purchases but the store a few blocks down doesn't, who are
they potecting? I have worked for an attorney in the past and I
really doubt they would not be liable by law for third party sales.


correction - by kadyalexander Wed February 25, 2009 @ 12:15 AM

by Marty5223 Posted Thu February 5, 2009 @ 12:46 PM

I agree this is a dumb policy. However how if your children are
underage is it legal for HIM to serve them at HOME????


I see from other post by Marty5223 Thu February 5, 2009 @ 1:05 PM
by mtopi Posted Wed January 21, 2009 @ 6:31 PM

The whole idea is stupid beyond belief.
First, it is easier in this country for a kid to buy an automatic
weapon than it is for him to buy a beer.

Second, is a single mother with kids who wants relief from stress by
purchasing a aix-pack supposed to let the kids alone, locked in the
car witht the windows up on a hot day or alone at home to get into
trouble, both of which are also illegal?

by charlene m. Posted Sat January 17, 2009 @ 11:57 PM

soooo what you r saying is that if a father buys beer with their 2
sons drinks on the way home gets in a wreck and kills the 2 boys and
the single mother driving the other car then the cashier gets aressted
because she did not id everyone in the party thats ok?? thats why we
id everyone to protect you, me, and your family and no im not saying
he would do that but that is why the rule is place..... but thats just
the crazy way walmart work we like to mess up your whole day but yet
you keep coming back and spending your time and money to buy things
and to make yourself feel better


No, that's not what the OP said. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Mon January 19, 2009 @ 11:34 AM

well by charlene m. Tue January 20, 2009 @ 1:01 AM

Not in my state it isn't. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Tue January 20, 2009 @ 1:34 PM

Your response makes no sense.. by Ms. Harleycat Tue January 20, 2009 @ 1:54 PM

by Monie73 Posted Thu January 15, 2009 @ 1:28 AM

I do agree with minors not being allowed to consume alcohol until the
state's legal drinking age (the law in Indiana). With that being
said, I think it is absolutely ridiculous to deny someone who is of
legal drinking age the sale of alcohol, whether is kids were with him
or not. If they are going to do that, then what about cigarettes or
cold meds that you need to sign for? And when does it stop? I mean,
come on! We're not freaking little kids here. We have a right to
make our own decisions on what purchases we want to make, when we want
to make them.


by Monie73 Posted Thu January 15, 2009 @ 1:20 AM

Well, here in the state of Indiana, it IS illegal to give a minor
alcohol. Although I don't agree with the policy that you can't buy
alcohol with a minor in your presence, I thoroughly agree with it
being illegal to give a minor alcohol. You would think that would
just be common sense, but then again...


Actually its not in Indiana by Draya Sun June 12, 2011 @ 5:00 PM
by Adam W. Posted Wed January 14, 2009 @ 6:36 AM

I've had this problem too. They wouldn't let me purchase beer with a
16 year old next to me but they had no problem selling it to me when I
had a 6 year old next to me. Go figure....


by txladi29 Posted Fri January 9, 2009 @ 2:45 PM

That is ridiculous....guess they are going to lose some gusiness. In
Texas the law states that minors can't contribute to the purchase, but
they can accompany an adult while the adult purchases.
In my opinion, the "bad apple" population that has turned sue happy
over the past century, has ruined it for us all.

by bandita Posted Fri January 9, 2009 @ 11:22 AM

Isn't this like, a liability issue? If you give your teens booze that
you bought while you were with them at the store, and they got into a
drunk driving accident, the store can get sued, or something.

BTW, everyone's saying its legal to serve kids booze. Yeah, but why
do you want to get your kids liquored up in the first place? Better
prepare them for Youth AA.


No, it is not a liability issue, at least in my state. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Mon January 12, 2009 @ 7:33 AM

Liquored up, that is not the point at all. by Draya Sun June 12, 2011 @ 5:21 PM

by ~Fiâi-la-âlea~ Posted Wed January 7, 2009 @ 1:20 AM

Here in NJ Walmart doesn't sell liquor/alcohol, neither does Wawa or
Seven Eleven and so on. You have to go to a liquor store for


NY is the same way..n/t by Ms. Harleycat Wed January 7, 2009 @ 2:01 PM

Sorry.. by Ms. Harleycat Wed January 7, 2009 @ 2:02 PM

You probably remember by ~Fiâi-la-âlea~ Thu January 8, 2009 @ 6:59 AM

I never lived in NJ.. by Ms. Harleycat Thu January 8, 2009 @ 11:55 AM

Sorry, I thought you had a few years back. by ~Fiâi-la-âlea~ Thu January 8, 2009 @ 1:41 PM

Nope..Empire State all my life.. by Ms. Harleycat Fri January 9, 2009 @ 9:01 AM

Then you missed out by Commander-X-23 Thu January 8, 2009 @ 4:15 PM

We're called the garden state by ~Fiâi-la-âlea~ Fri January 9, 2009 @ 12:29 AM

It's called the Garden State.. by Ms. Harleycat Fri January 9, 2009 @ 8:58 AM

haha lol by ~Fiâi-la-âlea~ Fri January 9, 2009 @ 11:21 AM
by Chris G. Posted Tue January 6, 2009 @ 1:27 PM

Seems that WalMart just wants to keep all of their bases covered so
that they don't get in trouble with the law and have to pay the
penalty. A strict store policy ensures that it will be unlikely they
will get a fine for having one of their cashier minions slip up by not
following the procedure. It's all about saving $.


by dulynoted (aka duttycalls) Posted Tue January 6, 2009 @ 8:30 AM

Unless this is a law in your state Walmart should not be asking their
customers to do this.
However, if it is then they are well within their right to enforce it.

Ohio has no law like this...anyone of legal age can purchase
beer/alcohol no matter if they are with underaged persons or not.

And as far as your claim that its legal to supply beer to your child
at home there are many counties/cities who have their own laws
regarding this. Just because one wants to be cool with their kids does
not mean they should allow them to drink. Sadly more communites/states
should have this law.


by Anonymous A. Posted Mon January 5, 2009 @ 6:50 AM

BTW,I forgot to clarify that its not just a Walmart rule, but it is
indeed a law. working at a grocery store in the past, we were told we
had to card EVERYONE in the party who was buying the
alcohol,regardless if they werent teh ones paying. Had there been an
undercover cop, they would bust you for it. Its s law in every place,
its just the fact that no one really enforces it. I guess they dont
care to risk their jobs.


I have a hard time believing that every state... by Casmly Mon January 5, 2009 @ 8:31 AM

That's not the law by RedheadwGlasses Mon January 5, 2009 @ 12:24 PM

I guess I will finally chime in....... by RowdyRetailer Mon January 5, 2009 @ 9:06 PM

How dumb are they, to all go in when someone is carrying out for them? by olie Mon January 5, 2009 @ 10:32 PM

I agree! by RedheadwGlasses Tue January 6, 2009 @ 9:17 PM

I know some kids... by Draya Sun June 12, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

In pennsylvania by MLB30 Tue January 6, 2009 @ 6:42 AM

Anon A....... by gb Mon January 5, 2009 @ 9:23 PM

You stated CLEARLY it is a law, but by Not myself today Tue January 6, 2009 @ 12:18 AM

Law?? by Nate. Tue January 6, 2009 @ 8:49 AM

If it isnt a law then.. by Anonymous A. Thu January 8, 2009 @ 5:50 AM

hmm.. by Anonymous A. Thu January 8, 2009 @ 5:58 AM

They bust cashiers.. by Ms. Harleycat Thu January 8, 2009 @ 11:59 AM

I think it is for not asking for ID at all by Nate. Fri January 9, 2009 @ 8:18 PM
by Anonymous A. Posted Mon January 5, 2009 @ 6:45 AM

this is not a policy..this is a LAW! You or your husband do not have
special law privileges over any one else, regardless if you have your
children with you when attempting to purchase alcohol.The reason for
this law is if any alcohol is given to a minor (regardless if someone
is of legal age who bought it) from the person legal of age, if that
child is physically hurt and has proof that they were drinking and
that the drinking caused the accident, the clerk who sold it to the
legal customer could be sued personally and thrown in jail, not to
mention lose his or her job! Having children present only contributes
to suspicion of underage drinking. Personally, Being in retail, I know
feeding my family is much more important than some stranger's booze
fix! I hope you understand the consequences now,and that other people
also have families to feed.


Have you read any of the responses? by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Mon January 5, 2009 @ 8:04 AM

Cool... by Anonymous A. Thu January 8, 2009 @ 5:51 AM

you have it way too screwed up by Bailey S. Thu January 8, 2009 @ 9:41 PM
by Rated Argh Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 5:14 PM

I believe that this may actually be a Wal-mart Policy that just isn't
enforced across the board. I have one wal-mart in my town that follows
this exact policy and one that doesn't. it just seems to be up to the
individual store on how to handle it. There is also a trend I'm seeing
where these stores all have a separate little "Store-Area", for lack
of a better name, where all hard Liquor is sold separate from all
other merchandise.


Yes, I know what you are talking about by Nate. Sun January 4, 2009 @ 6:49 PM

by Casmly Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 4:45 PM

I'm with the OP on this one. Unless this is state law, I think it's
absolutely ridiculous! I'm a parent of an 8 and 3 year old. I don't
typically buy alcohol, but over the holidays I bought 2 six packs in
one shopping trip and a bottle of champagne in another. My kids were
with me both times. Would I have purchased the alcohol if my grocery
store had insisted my children not be present? Certainly not. They
would have lost the sale and I would simply have gone elsewhere.


by Wolf Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 3:35 PM

Anyone stop to think that MAYBE this ONE store has had a problem in
the past where people were buying alcohol for under age kids, so they
felt this policy was the best way to stop it? I can see that
happening. Have you checked other Walmarts? Is it really just this
one? If it is, then I would think that there was something that
caused this store to implement the policy. It may just be easier to
say "All must have ID and be 21" then to pick and choose. If you
"pick and choose" you run the risk of the person behind some one that
got pasted the policy, complaining that THEY didn't get the pass. See
where I am going?

If your husband goes back and wants to but alcohol there again, DON'T
have your kids stand in line with him. They are old enough to wait
right outside the door. Or have then go to the bathroom or something.


Well it would be strange to implement a policy for that reason by Nate. Sun January 4, 2009 @ 3:47 PM

I agree Nate by Casmly Sun January 4, 2009 @ 4:47 PM

I thought of that too. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Sun January 4, 2009 @ 6:21 PM

by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 2:56 PM

If this manager were in Wisconsin, he'd have some explaining to do
because the law doesn't support his cause. In Wisconsin, it is
perfectly legal for a parent to serve alcohol to a child. (See my post

Personally, I think this is a ridiculous policy too.


by Chadg Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 2:31 PM

my understanding of this policy is that a cashier can refuse to sell
you alcohol if they SUSPECT a two party sale. if he/she observes you
exchanging money or asking someone in your party what brand they
drink, then yes card everyone. the simple presence of a minor should
not tip the cashier off. i think that if you explained the situation
EXACTLY as it happend, then yes the cashier was being unreasonable. in
response to the other half of your complaint, policy also states that
management CANNOT reverse the cahiers decision, this is for liablity
reasons, the cashier's operator number appears on the ticket,
therefore should anything illegal happen, there is no way to prove
that a manager has a say in the matter.

hope this clears everything up,

by Melissa J. Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 1:35 PM

While I do understand why you would be upset because if I where in
that situation I would most likely have been upset also.I can also
understand why the cashier did that,there are alot of people out there
that do buy alcohol for minor children being parent or someone eles.If
something was to happen to anyone and they knowingly sold them alcohol
they will be held responsible.I am a disrict manager for a retail
chain and I know what the consequences are.I had a great employee who
was with me for 5 years,two older looking gentlemen came in and bought
beer,she did card them but come tp find out it was a sting operation
done by the police.They had fake I.D's.The police had made them so
real that to be honest you would not know,it was there picture and
everything that to me just isn't fair.I had to fire her I have no
choice.This poor girl was arrested,fired,fined and had to pay bond all
in the same night.To me this should be illegal.Honest people working
and being set up it's not right.So I can totally understand why the
cashier was that way,alot of things can happen that just aren't worth
it,while I understand your situation because I have been there I also
know it is there job and there lives that will be affected.I hope you
also realize that it is illegal for anyone even a parent to serve a
minor child alcohol at anytime and anyplace,you can and will be
arrested for child neglect and endangerment.I hope you can understnd
why the sales people act the way they do when it comes to alcohol,it
isn't them you should be upset with it is the people who make the
laws.They are just trying to keep there jobs and stay out of jail.
Please try not to be upset with the people who serve you.


Again, no it is NOT illegal to serve your minor child alcohol in many states. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Sun January 4, 2009 @ 2:59 PM

what?!?! by SuzieCat Sun January 4, 2009 @ 7:17 PM

No, serving alcohol to your children is, in fact, legal in many states. by Draya Sun June 12, 2011 @ 5:52 PM

by Linda B. Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 12:14 PM

OK....Going back to the complaint. It IS NOT against the law to buy
alcohol, in NY, with minors present, if they are your chuldren.
But....it IS against the law to serve them alcohol, in your home or
anywhere else, IF YOU GET CAUGHT.(It is called Endangering the welfare
of a child..Penal Law 260.10.)Now, that my friends is a very
ridiculous law!!!!


To clarify by petgiraffe Sun January 4, 2009 @ 1:55 PM

It does vary by county though.. by Ms. Harleycat Mon January 5, 2009 @ 8:29 AM

by MayDay Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 9:58 AM

I live in PA where you can only buy beer/liquor in a state store or
beer distributor. It is also illegal in PA to serve minors alcohol. I
know of several cases around where minors were at a party and got into
an accident on the way home and hurt/killed another driver. The adults
at the party were also charged in the crime even though they were not
driving the car.

The stores here can ID people if they look under 40 to buy cigarettes!
A policy is a policy, leave the teens in the car then go in and buy
the beer if the need be. If the kids are not teens and cannot be
alone, I guess a special trip without them would be needed.


by SuzieCat Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 9:58 AM

Here in Ohio, a lot of places have signs up saying if you are buying
alcohol, EVERY person in your party must show ID.

I have never seen those signs in stores that sell groceries, though.
In fact, the woman in front of me at Miejer the other day had her two
kids with her and she bought wine and beer.

I wonder, are the kids older teenagers? Maybe the clerk was erring on
the side of caution. If so, I agree, a manager should have been able
to override the decision.

I cant imagine them refusing to sell alcohol in a walmart, target, etc
when, say someone is doing their weekly shopping and has their kids
with her.


ID by me&you Sun January 4, 2009 @ 3:21 PM

still by SuzieCat Sun January 4, 2009 @ 7:24 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun January 4, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

I agree 100%!!!!!!!

by Kelshir Posted Sat January 3, 2009 @ 11:30 PM

The only reason I can think of this happening might be because the
manager did not believe they were his children and thought he was
buying them alcohol.

I know that in Texas it is legal for a parent or legal guardian to
give alcohol to their children. Can even do so in a restaurant so
long as the child drinks from the parents/legal guardians glass and
not their own.


Well by petgiraffe Sun January 4, 2009 @ 9:40 AM

How old are the boys, Brenda? by Final Score: Boys-3, Girls-1 Sun January 4, 2009 @ 10:27 AM

Age by petgiraffe Sun January 4, 2009 @ 10:48 AM

"A parent with a baby in a carrier would also be refused a sale." by Not myself today Sun January 4, 2009 @ 1:27 PM

My husband asked the manager by petgiraffe Sun January 4, 2009 @ 2:02 PM

It's definitely not a statewide (NY) law.. by Ms. Harleycat Sun January 4, 2009 @ 1:54 PM

Still a frightening thought by justpassin'through Sat January 10, 2009 @ 3:11 AM

Looking like the parent by Blackrack Sun January 4, 2009 @ 6:03 PM

by Nate. Posted Sat January 3, 2009 @ 11:06 PM

That is ridiculous- I agree completely. I do not shop at Wal-Mart
myself, but I am a minor and have never heard of this. My parents have
purchased alcohol in my presence multiple times. Sounds like the
manager interpreted a policy incorrectly.


by Linda B. Posted Sat January 3, 2009 @ 7:12 PM

I believe it IS illegal to give minors alcohol in your home, or any
where else, for that matter. Someone who knows the law can say better
than I. BUT....If it is the policy of Walmart, then it's the policy.
The next time, he should go alone!


It is legal in most states to give your children alcohol by RedheadwGlasses Sun January 4, 2009 @ 12:11 AM

In Wisconsin, it is perfectly legal. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Sun January 4, 2009 @ 2:52 PM

Here in NY by petgiraffe Sun January 4, 2009 @ 4:07 PM

I can verify this. by olie Sun January 4, 2009 @ 10:56 PM

Thanks for the explanation. by It'saNewYearandNewBellaSera Mon January 5, 2009 @ 8:12 AM
by Retail Veteran Posted Sat January 3, 2009 @ 7:07 PM

Actually, it is illegal for a minor to possess alcohol regardless of
where and from whom they obtained it. Wal-Mart is correct in not
selling your husband beer when he had minors with him. They don't know
if they are his children or not and if he is buying the beer for them.
Believe it or not, it is pretty common for minors to get adults to
purchase alcohol for them. Next time, have your husband go by himself
to buy his beer.


Not Illegal by Kitty_Cat Sat January 3, 2009 @ 7:54 PM

Illegal in Mass by Retail Veteran Sat January 3, 2009 @ 11:47 PM

They're going to sell less alcohol by RedheadwGlasses Sun January 4, 2009 @ 12:10 AM

I'm wondering how old these boys are. by Final Score: Boys-3, Girls-1 Sun January 4, 2009 @ 10:22 AM

Kids in liquor stores by me&you Sun January 4, 2009 @ 3:15 PM

It is NOT illegal for minors to drink in Massachusetts by RedheadwGlasses Sun January 4, 2009 @ 7:11 PM

There's a lot more to that though. by Final Score: Boys-3, Girls-1 Mon January 5, 2009 @ 7:28 AM

Don't be fooled by "The Man" by Lawyer Man Tue June 12, 2012 @ 5:51 PM

Walmart's sales policy by Anita E. Sun November 11, 2012 @ 4:06 PM

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