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Walmart's so-called alcohol policy

Posted Wed July 14, 2010 11:26 pm, by Susanne B. written to Walmart

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I am a 26 year old woman and recently went to walmart. My 21 year old friend happened to be in the store and accompanied me to the cash register to chat while his mom shopped. I went to the cashier to purchase some beer and handed over my I.D. she rang up my beer, I swiped my debit card and then she noticed me talking casually and asked him for his I.D. He didn't have it on him at the time and went to his mom's car to retrieve it as he was not making a purchase and would not have needed it. I asked the cashier why she needed his I.D when we were not even together and she said it was the store policy. My friend came back into the store after I was already embarassed by other customers in line behind me making comments as if I was someone who commited a crime. It turns out, my friend did not have his wallet with him since he was only accompanying his mom at the store. The cashier said she could not sell the beer to me and I asked to see a manager since it was so ridiculous that I could not purchase the beer due to running into a friend at the store. The manager did not help me and I walked out with nothing. I have never heard of such a policy anywhere. If this is in fact Walmart store policy, there should be signs next to the alcohol section of the store and next to the register. I walked out very unlucky, angry and embarrassed that other customers thought I was trying to buy alcohol for a minor and it also embarassed my friend who did nothing wrong and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I would like Walmart to put up signs stating this store policy near the alcohol and near the registers.


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by sue h. Posted Sun December 29, 2013 @ 4:01 PM

even worse happened to me today.....I'm 42 and went to walmart with my
16 yrold daughter.....i checked out and the woman was asking for both
of our id's.....i told her she's my daughter but she didn't care and
persued my daughter's id....my daughter threw it on the counter and
then the woman refused to sell to me because my daughter isn't
21.....i'm going back in the next few days to confront the manager
because if they do have such a policy.....they NEVER enforce it and
that may be the last time they see me in the store again.....i ended
up going to rite aide....with my daughter with me and bought my beer
there

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by Sarah B Posted Thu August 1, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

This JUST happened to me in STOW, OHIO! I spent over an hour shopping,
knowing I wouldn't have time the next 2 days. My husband and I both in
our mid 30's got to feel that embarrassment too! I "touched" the wine
and because I didn't have my ID, they wouldn't sell to my husband!
They said it's at their discretion to ID everyone in the party.
Really? Then I guess they will need to ID 2 year olds who may
accidentally "touch" a wine bottle that happens to be in the cart.
This does not make sense! My husband decided to purchase the wine
(which is for an upcoming party) in a different line. The cashier
proceeded in telling management, which caused an uproar between other
customers and Walmart employees! I was embarrassed and decided it was
best to leave and not get anything. So Walmart, you have just lost
155.00 this week. You have lost the average of 400-500 I spend on
household items every month! I always thought Target was better in the
way of fashion and fun finds! So I have to spend a few extra dollars,
at least I won't be treated unfair or like a criminal!

Sarah W. Stow Ohio

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by Grandma55 Posted Mon July 15, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

I just had this happen yesterday at a Sam's Club in Wesley Chapel, FL.
I had over $100 of groceries in the cart along with a box of Frozen
Mike Hard Lemonade mix. My husband and daughter were with me, standing
off to the side, talking, while I was checking out. When the cashier
saw the lemonade she stopped and said, "I need to see "her" ID while
pointing to my daughter." When I asked her why as I was buying the
alcohol, my daughter wasn't, she replied that it's the law. So I asked
her what would happen if I had happened to have my 4 year old grandson
with me. Obviously, he would have no ID. She told me the law only
applies to people who MAY be teenagers.
Now for all of you who think this is age discrimination, I am a grey
haired 58 year old grandmother of 6, my husband is almost 60 and has a
white beard and the daughter in question is our youngest who is 23. If
our daughter had not had her ID or if she had been under 21, I (at
almost 60 years old) would have been denied the ability to purchase
some 5% alcohol hard lemonade.
I have never heard of this stupid policy/law. Do they think that
underage teens and those who would buy them alcohol wouldn't quickly
figure out ways around this, like staying in the car? If this is such
a huge issue, why don't they take ALL of the beer and wine out of
their stores? Or better yet, train their employees in common sense

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by CCScorpio Posted Fri June 28, 2013 @ 10:09 PM

Do any of you really think that Walmart would not LOVE to take your
money for any and everything?? Do you think that retail cashiers want
this hassel? Local police agencies regularly use similar ploys to set
up cashiers ending up costing that store and cashier an enormous fine
and that cashier their job. This is NOT a Walmart policy. It is a
government policy. It sucks that you felt embarrassed, but by law
anytime you appear to be with someone else when you're buying alcohol
the cashier is supposed to ID them also if they appear underage and
then refuse if they can't produce one or are underage. Believe me if
Walmart posted a sign stating this law, people would just ignore it
like they do ALL the other signs they post anyway. Hell, they may have
it posted!?! Defending Walmart? Nope! Defending the cashiers
protecting themselves? Yup!

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Walmart by Tony S. Fri August 23, 2013 @ 12:28 AM
by L S. Posted Mon May 6, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

This policy is from the ABC board - not Walmart. Thus the same
situation happening at other retailers....

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by KittyMonroe193 Posted Sat March 30, 2013 @ 5:29 AM

Ok people. You know what I think the policy is ridicules. You can't
stop the world from working the way it does. People in this country
try to control so much and you just can't. You know the policy is crap
because teenagers can send the friend in while they wait outside
anyway. Underage drinkers will find a way no matter what. The only
thing the policy does is embarrass people a the register. If you don't
want your kids to drink then you need to handle it. It is your
personal responsibility to raise your kids right, not a companies. My
point is that stop passing your kids off to the government and
companies. Raise them right and put some trust in yourselves and in
them that you did that. My parents raised me right. They trusted me to
make the right decision and I did. I don't drink or do drugs. I'm a
good girl because my parents trusted me. Not tie me to a leash. So
again its not Wal-Mart's job to stop your kids from getting alcohol
its yours.

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Walmart's so-called alcohol policy by Lisa H. Mon August 12, 2013 @ 3:23 PM

by katherine m. Posted Sun November 18, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

Well at least they are honest about it being a store policy rather
than a state law. The one I have been to arguged with me and other
customers about it before. this happened again the other night when I
was giving a friend a ride and she did not have her I.D when I was
trying to buy beer. I told them that they could keep the beer, but
they would not have my patronage anymore. Since then I have refused to
go to walmart no matter how convenient they are I will not tolerate
being made to look a criminal when I am trying to leagaly obtain my
alcohol. I understand their intent, but to me their methode is very
flawed. I agree fully with you that they should have their alcohol
policy posted in plain sight so that you know a head of time before
you get to the register and are made to look the fool.

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by Pleaseuseyourbrain Posted Sat September 15, 2012 @ 7:42 PM

How would you like it if you underage child, sibling, niece/nephew,
whatever... went into a store with someone that was of age, bought
alcohol, only the person of age was carded, then they got in the car,
went to a party or even started drinking right there in the car
('cause you know, that TOTALLY doesn't happen *rolls eyes) and
something horrible happened to that minor? What if they got hurt? What
if they died as a result from someone else drinking and driving? What
if they themselves dies from alcohol poisoning?

You can't always be there to protect your children. I know you like
think the minor in your lives wouldn't do anything stupid or harmful
to themselves, like hang out with people that would supply them
alcohol when they shouldn't. But, this is reality. It happens. Some of
you have no idea what the minor in your life is really doing when you
aren't around and you would be surprised. Think about it... did you do
anything your parents didn't approve of? Let's be real here.

You can't always be there. But, thankfully, there are people out there
and there are companies out there, that willing to take on the
responsibility of watching out for everyone, including minors, even
when you aren't there. It's a safety measure. They have no idea if the
person of age is their parent or uncle or some creeper. They card
everyone to be sure. So that something horrible DOESN'T happen. So
that your kid can go home to you and not in the hospital, in a coma,
because someone supplied them with alcohol.

Get the fuck over yourself and get some help. Jesus fucking Christ.

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DEFENDING WALMART???? by cordillia Sun September 16, 2012 @ 4:22 PM

minors by Anita E. Sun November 11, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

In Response to Pleaseuseyourbrain by the responsible party Sun November 18, 2012 @ 4:41 PM

Re: Walmart's so-called alcohol policy by Nicole B. Wed May 22, 2013 @ 8:19 PM

Walmart policy by Tony S. Fri August 23, 2013 @ 12:42 AM
by donna k. Posted Thu September 13, 2012 @ 12:45 AM

PLEASE help to make more policies like walmarts...my 17yr.old
son...and yes he looked older...purchased vodka at a liquor store here
in oklahoma...he stated he left his i.d. at home...there is a video of
him purchasing it...this was prom weekend...his alcohol level was
almost 2x that of an adult from the coronors report...i died april 20,
2012. He had an accident and was killed. I was not there to help
him...save him...my husband and I are not drinkers and have no alcohol
in our household...this did not matter..because they did not enforce
the law. My son made a mistake...he did not get a chance to learn from
it..he did not get a do over...it is fatal...permanent..I have his
phone...trophies... pics...clothes...boots...class ring...his
stuff...I kiss his pillow every morning and night..my husband and I
purchased clothes this school year for one of his classmates instead
of him...I would get up at 5 am to make him blueberry muffins...I took
5 doz. to his friends the first day of school...nothing helps..please
help make the laws stricter...

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Stupid by james c. Sun May 12, 2013 @ 4:21 PM
by S S. Posted Mon May 28, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

I think you should cut more slack for the employees and the business
in this case. What you don't know and that I can tell you is that
police actually send people into the store to 'sting' it. If they had
let you buy your alcohol and you had been sent in by the cops, then
the employee would have been taking a huge risk. They are not just
risking a slap on the wrist by their manager. They would lose their
job. It wouldn't even be the employers choice. Legally, they would
have to be fired and could legally never take a job again where they
serve alcohol. Also, they would risk having the store lose their
liquor license. Therefore, they would risk being responsible for the
entire store being shut down. Walmart doesn't make a huge percentage
of their prophets from alcohol surely however they may opt to shut
down and open another locations somewhere else that they can sell
alcohol. So in the event of the store shutting down, all the
employees would lose their jobs and all of the employees families
would be affected. In this economy, that would be a especially
difficult thing to deal with. Even if you weren't sent in my the
cops, their management could be keeping a close eye on them, so they
could lose their job over this. You could see that the extreme
consequences would inspire the manager to keep a close eye on
everyone. Even if the employee knows that the odds are slim that you
were sent in my the police, why risk that HUGE consequence of hurting
so many other people just so someone can have a drink. Would you take
that risk if you were risking your job or the jobs of others?

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would I what....? by m d. Fri June 22, 2012 @ 5:45 AM

Re:Re: Walmart's so-called alcohol policy by Ethel M. Tue August 21, 2012 @ 5:17 AM
by StephieD Posted Mon March 26, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

My husband and I were checking out a basket full of things with our
daughter and we both were asked to show our IDs. I asked do they need
to see my daughter's ID and the girl rudely responded ” no because she
is a child”. I said ”okay well I'll leave then” and she responded ”oh
no you're not” I'm seven months pregnant by the way, I can't believe
she had the audacity to tell me where I'm not going. My husband said
”get a manager, because I guarantee I'm walking out of here with my
wine. Her response, ” I guarantee you're not.” Manager came, my
husband explained that if he would give a 7 month ”minor” alcohol,
then he can just as well be the type to give alcohol to a seven year
old child. He also started that this was denying him sales and he's
extremely pissed that a company would deny him his right to make a
purchase. The manager apologized for denying his purchase and did an
over-ride.

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by Sheri M. Posted Tue February 14, 2012 @ 2:09 AM

Honestly all stores are starting to do this and I find it ridiculous!
I just ran into one of my friends at Costco the other day..we talked
for 5 seconds..and since I am underage (by two weeks I might add) they
would not let her buy her alcohol even though she had her ID. We were
in completely separate lines and did not come into the store together.
It is complete age discrimination and when I asked the cashier at
Costco if I was accompanied by my parents if they would card me as
well and he replied "It is completely different." I definitely do not
see it this way at all, and in my opinion it makes teenagers become
even sneakier. These new laws are replacing the jobs of parents. If
your kids grew up with good parenting, then this should not even be an
issue. This only leads to teenagers waiting in parking lots for
friends to buy alcohol for them, or god knows what else. The
government and these corporations need to stop trying to parents our
nations youth and leave the parenting to the parents.

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by johnstoid Posted Sat December 24, 2011 @ 11:50 AM

I would like to voice a similar experience at Walgreens.

The same thing happened to me and my wife at Walgreens. We went to
purchase a bottle of wine and the cashier asked for my ID after seeing
my wife's ID. As she did the driving that day I did not have mine with
me. We also walked out with nothing. I feel under it all, it has to
do with their political position.

Walgreens also allows their pharmicists. to prevent women from getting
a prescription filled for birth control if the pharmicist.' personal
beliefs are pro-life!

Let's everyone boycott Walgreens and go to CVS Pharmacy.

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by BrunnoAtl Posted Fri December 9, 2011 @ 7:17 PM

THIS HAPPEND TO ME. I WENT TO ONE CASHIER AND BOUGHT A CASE OF BEER
AND SHE DID NOT EVEN ASKED ME FOR MY ID. SO I HAD TO BUY CIGARETTES
AND THEY ONLY SELL IN THE SPECIFIC REGISTER. THE CASHIER( ANOTHER ONE)
ASKED ME FOR MY ID AND I SHOWED HIM MY PASSPORT AND HE SAID HE COULD
NOT ACCEPT BECAUSE IT WASN'T A USA PASSPORT AND HE CALLED THE MANAGER
AND SHE SAID THE SAMETHING. MY PASSPORT WAS ISSUED BY AN ATLANTA
AUTHORITY AT THE BRAZILIAN CONSULATE. SO I WAS VERY MAD BECAUSE I'VE
NEVER SEEN ANY SIGN SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. AND THESE WORKERS AT
WALMART SHOULD KNOW THAT A PASSPORT IS A TYPE OF ID AND IS MORE
IMPORTANT THAN OTHER TYPES. SHAME ON WALMART'S AND THEIR CREW.

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by kevin l. Posted Tue November 22, 2011 @ 11:23 PM

This just happened to me! My WIFE has a bad tendency of not bringing
her wallet with her when we make quick runs for things at the
neighborhood market. We picked up dog food and I got a bottle of
wine. When we got to the register they wanted both of our ID's. She
refused to sell me wine. What if I had my kids with me? They ARE
under age....can wall-mart not sell alcohol to someone just because
they have underage people with them? The real stupid part of all of
this is KIDS ARE NOT THIS STUPID! This MAY stop someone from
purchasing alcohol for a minor ONCE but every time after the
perpetrator will know and simply go into the store alone. So exactly
how does this idiotic an annoying store policy help to keep alcohol
out of the hands of any but the most moronic minors? What it DID do
is assure that I will never bother to buy alcohol from them again. I
didn't have a particularly embarrassing experience and I am not sore
over it. I will certainly not deny them my patronage (but I would if
i were YOU) however why deal with the hassle when it comes to alcohol
when there is a liquor store directly across the street with a far
better selection.

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by JESSICA O. Posted Sun November 13, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

OMG....THIS JUST HAPPEND TO ME TONIGHT I WENT INTO WALMART WITH MY
FRIEND AND SHE GOT A CART FULL OF STUFF INCLUDING BEER AND THEY i.d ME
TO AND I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS I DIDNT EVEN BUY ANYTHING
....THEY R SO STUPIED AT WALMART AND WHO EVER THOUGHT OF THIS STUPIED
I.D THING IS RETARTED....IM 34 SHE IS 32....Y WE WERE BOTH i.d IS
BEYOND ME THAT IS Y IM ON HERE TO SEE THE REAL LAW FOR ALL THIS
RETARED IDEA!!!!!! I DODNT EVEN BUY A DAM THING IN THIS STORE HER AND
I WERE TALKING AND THEY WANT TO SEE MY ID EVEN KNOW ITS HER CART HER
MONEY AND HER CRAP IN THE CART!!!!!!!!!! MAKES ME SOOOO MAD

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by Madison T. Posted Mon October 10, 2011 @ 9:47 PM

Happened today with me and my girlfriend Both over 21, she wasn't
paying for anything so she left her purse in the car. We went to check
out after buying grocery's for the week along with a 12 pack of miller
lite for the brewer game and a bottle of Wine for her. After asking to
see the manager he came over and explained the ridiculous rule to me.
I Then had her take the bags to the car when i went back to get
another 12 pack and bottle of wine to check out by myself. while in
line for the second time, i was approached by the manager and a
security guard. (Never knew they had those) They then took them from
me and escorted me to my car. TOTAL BULL NEVER GOING THROUGH THAT
AGAIN

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by e s. Posted Fri September 30, 2011 @ 10:17 PM

heres a good thing to do because i was in a similar situation in a 7
11 my arm is sprained and my foot was injured so i told my son to get
the beer and u no the rest but if its store policy that your kid or
anyones kid can not touch beer then the next time u go to the store
take ur kids and tell them to touch allll the beer and wine and then
see if they can sell it if so sue the shit out of them not for money
but principal lol

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by kstar Posted Sat September 3, 2011 @ 2:52 AM

I had the same problem and we were all very upset by it.

I have the solution, everyone go in once a day and buy beer with a
younger looking person. If they fail to card them, report that
cashier to the customer service desk and ask for them to be fired for
breaking the law. if undercover cops can do it, then you should be
able to as well.

If everyone does this the majority of their checkout people will be
fired needlessly. Hopefully, they will rehire and change their
policy back to something normal. If you dont want the beer, just
return it a bit later.

Its a stupid policy since anyone that knows about it
would just be careful to avoid the problem. It stops nothing.
Underage kids will always have access to alcohol. Teaching them not
to drive or drink to much would be a much better solution.

Power in numbers :)

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seriously? get us fired? by zhaniswolf Wed November 20, 2013 @ 5:21 AM

by Mom in Lakewood Ranch, FL Posted Sun May 15, 2011 @ 8:19 PM

I have had this issue before on at least one occasion when shopping at
WalMart. I was under the impression that it was a "don't let your
child TOUCH the alcohol, ie, help unload the card" kind of thing.

I attempted to purchase some beer tonight and I put the beer on the
conveyor belt. Then my daughter moved it while putting other items on
the belt. When the cashier asked for my ID, she asked for all THREE
ID's...including that of my younger daughter who had not touched
anything going onto the belt. HOW OBNOXIOUS!

I put the small number of items back into my cart and went to the next
register down and made no attempt to hide my annoyance at my possibly
erroneous understanding of their policy. The young man had no problem
ringing me up.

As I left the store I passed a store manager and stopped him to share
my frustration with such a STUPID policy. He seemed incredulous and
said that the first cashier had misunderstood the policies
involved...so while I don't know what their policies ARE, in Florida
at least, it is NOT their policy to ID everyone or to ID everyone who
might touch it. I'd like to get clarification by seeing the verbiage
of their actual policy but it seems this could be a training issue.

I've never encountered any similar issue when purchasing alcoholic
beverages anywhere else.

Mom in Florida

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by campjinx Posted Fri March 18, 2011 @ 11:45 AM

It's 2011 and they still have not fixed this issue. No signs posted
anywhere! I was shopping with my 12 year old sister at walmart
yesterday. We were buying pizza, ice cream, french fries, milk and
orange juice.I just happened to go buy the liquor aisle and thought
I'd take a gander. I picked up a pack of Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade
and a $3 bottle of some cheap fizzy wine. I went to the register with
my sister and even had my ID ready. The cashier told me she couldn't
sell it to me because she needed both of our IDs. I told her that
this had never happened to me before. I understand the rule, but this
is my little sister, we live together and I just happened to take her
with me shopping. The cashier said she had no way to prove that. I
then asked her would it have been any different if this was my
daughter? Or what if someone comes shopping with their ten year old
kid, she's going to card them too? It just didn't make any sense to
me. She said common sense would tell her if a child was ten or not.
BUT MY SISTER IS TWELVE! I asked for a supervisor and the supervisor
barely said two words to me. she didn't even address me and spoke only
to the cashier. I was "petty" like someone else said and told her to
stop ringing my order. I paid for the couple of items and left
everything else. I Honestly think this was age discrimination. If i
had looked older, sure they would have carded me, but I doubt they
would have even looked twice at a twelve year old. Or they are just a
bunch of idiots. Again, I understand, within reason,why they do it.
They need to have signs posted! It's not like it's a liquor store
where you HAVE TO BE 21 to go in. My Walmart is a
grocery/retail/everything store. I'm just really annoyed and will no
longer be shopping there!

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dude it is age discrimination by pwnedthenoobs Sat July 2, 2011 @ 8:51 PM
by monita Posted Thu January 20, 2011 @ 2:58 PM

I am a student in USA, 32 years old, I got my passport (as a student I
dont have US ID of course) and the cashier refused to sell the beer, I
asked him to call the manager and he said it was the policy not to
sell alcohol if you dont have an US ID, WTF!!! so, it is
discrimination, they just dont sell alcohol to foreigners, that is the
most absurd and stupid thing I have ever heard in my life!!! I cant
buy the beer cause I wasn't born here??? I dont have the right to buy
some beers cause I am not american? It is not my passport enough proof
of my age? it's for everything else like let's say studying here...at
least they should put the "policy" written somewhere, but they expect
you to know, carry the whole thing and then have a bad moment in the
cashier. Anywhere else I had no problem with showing my passport, so
of course it's not "the law". They should review the stupid policy or
expect more angry customers like me.

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by Don S. Posted Fri October 15, 2010 @ 10:27 AM

Similar situation: My 43 year old wife and I (age 45 by the way)went
through line and had a bottle of Vodka in with the $100.00+ of
groceries. The deligent cashier asked for both our ID's and since I
did not drive I did not have my wallet. No Vodka for you. I also was
not aware of this policy, good news is, it won't happen again. No more
shoping at WalMart.
The best part of my story is the next customer behind me was a women
who appeared to be about the same age as myself with what appeared to
be her teenage daughter buying among other things WINE. When I asked
if she would be carded the store manager said "well that is her
daughter" I responded "are you sure it is not a teenager she meet in
the parking lot that she is buying alcohol for". Apparently WalMart
has face recognition software or behind the counter DNA test kits.Have
we really made the workd this dumb. Either sell liquor and follow
state law or don't, but WalMart is not the world's babysitter!

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by Brad F Posted Tue October 12, 2010 @ 5:37 PM

So can anyone actually post a link to govt site that shows the text of
these "laws" that ban the sale of alcohol if anyone in the party
doesn't have ID.

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It could be store policy by Horsetuna Sat October 30, 2010 @ 8:51 PM

TABC guidlines by hobbs Mon November 1, 2010 @ 6:41 PM

by T. B. Posted Mon October 11, 2010 @ 5:59 PM

I actually ran into this just this weekend at WalMart. I was with my
21 year old daughter and I am 45. She was attempting to buy beer and
had her ID...I had left mine in my jeans with my debit card from
earlier and hadn’t put it back in my purse and didn’t realize it.
Well that woman would NOT sell my daughter her beer because I didn’t
have an ID...now I appreciate the compliment but there is no way under
the sun I can be confused for a minor! I tried explaining that to her
and her supervisor. We were told that they would not sell her the
beer since I didn’t have my ID. I said fine, she can buy it elsewhere
and we turned and left everything in the cart (petty, yes I know) and
went to HEB and she was able to buy her beer there. I did stop on the
way home and retrieve my ID just in case. I realize that there are
laws to protect others, but since I was not buying the beer and I am
obviously not a minor, I don’t see the problem.

But I did and still do think it’s ridiculous to deny her purchase
because I didn’t have my ID. Not what is more stupid is that if I had
of walked up and tried to make the purchase (and have many many times)
they would not have id me.

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LOL a the alcohol policy... by Fit Fox Thu October 14, 2010 @ 9:17 PM
by Rick R. Posted Wed October 6, 2010 @ 3:06 PM

I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart better yet, I refuse to walk into
Wal-Mart and whenever I hear a complaint about Wal-Mart I say...


IT IS WAL-MART, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

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Walmart gets none of my $$ by bellahoney Sat October 30, 2010 @ 9:05 AM

Alcohol Policy by ClaytN Wed November 13, 2013 @ 12:42 AM

by Manny R. Posted Mon October 4, 2010 @ 5:46 PM

If an accident happened in this case, let's say an under-aged driver
drinking and causes death, Walmart can be held liable because they
were the one's who had sold it to an adult who was giving it to an
under-aged drinker.

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Wrong. by Fairbank R. Mon November 1, 2010 @ 10:25 PM

Re: Walmart's so-called alcohol policy by Sara L. Sun November 6, 2011 @ 9:48 PM
by Chadwick P. Posted Fri September 3, 2010 @ 2:38 AM

It depends on the state you are in, but in thirty eight of the fifty
states, there are laws on the books that require all persons in a
group to be carded. If one person in that group does not have their ID
on them at the time of purchase, then the alcohol purchase is not
allowed to continue. Of the thirty eight states with such laws,
twelve of them carry this one step further and add that should the
person originally attempting to buy the alcohol return and try again,
then the store is not required to honor this attempt, meaning that no
purchase would be made.

In the case of Wal-Mart, it is a company policy that all persons in
groups must be carded, with penalties of termination for any and all
cashiers that do not follow this policy. If the cashier had continued
on with the sale, and allowed you to make the purchase, and management
had found out; then it doesn't matter how long that person had worked
there, they would be fired on the spot.

In short, if you and your friend were not together, then you should
have stated such at the time of purchase. Saying a simple "Oh he's a
friend of mine, we're not together." Is enough, under the policies of
the store (not the law if it's set in your state mind) to allow the
cashier to hold off on Identification. Getting angry and asking for
management though, was the wrong choice of action.

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Walmart's so-called alcohol policy by Kassey S. Sun October 3, 2010 @ 5:10 AM

I agree! by Jim R. Wed January 12, 2011 @ 3:51 PM

Getting angry by kevin l. Tue November 22, 2011 @ 11:39 PM
by Amber M. Posted Sat August 28, 2010 @ 11:50 AM

Let me just throw this out here, I am a 19 year old who is married to
a 21 year old. The state law in Texas (which is where I live) says
that an adult may purchase and serve an alcoholic beverage to a minor
who is visibly in the company of an adult guardian, SPOUSE, or someone
who is legally responsible for the minor as provided by court. At the
time my husband was turned away from buying alcohol, we had our
drivers licenses, AND MARRIAGE licenses at hand. I was also 8 months
pregnant, and he wasn't buying the alcohol for me anyways, it was for
a camping trip to San Antonio. I don't believe that Wal-Mart is above
state law. Every bar we went to or restaurant we went to in Texas
before I was pregnant, and now that we've had our son, I am served
alcohol as long as I show my ID and marriage license. IT IS THE STATE
LAW FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. Needless to say, we no longer buy alcohol at
Wal-Mart.

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Actually, for the purposes of their business by BigShot Thu September 2, 2010 @ 7:41 PM

Too young at 19 by Jim R. Wed January 12, 2011 @ 3:53 PM


by Brad F Posted Wed August 18, 2010 @ 6:22 PM

I see this a lot in suburban / rural areas. With Walmart, Walgreens,
CVS, many chains. Some will not even sell to parents who have young
children / babies with them.

But I've never seen this at the same stores in large urban areas like
Los Angeles.

I don't think Walmart is to blame, I would look at your local
county/town government or local morality groups.

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by vitoria h. Posted Wed August 11, 2010 @ 12:53 PM

It is the law often people will go in and buy for underage people. If
the person selling you alcohol even sees you talking with another
person especially while they are ringing you up, they are required by
law to see their id too. How do they know if you happened to run into
them or if they are leaving with you. It is the law and the store,
cashier, and manager could face a large fine and lose their lincense
to seel any alcohol. Learn the law.

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Careful with that wording...it's NOT a law. by Kalphoenix Thu August 12, 2010 @ 3:13 PM

know the law yourself by the responsible party Sun November 18, 2012 @ 5:40 PM

by redheadedmama Posted Wed July 28, 2010 @ 8:07 PM

More than likely the alcohol was not sold because of the fact that
your friend probably looks younger than he is. I am not sure on that
but that is my guess. I went shopping at Walmart the other night
(2am) after work to get some things and 2 of those things were wine
coolers and Boone's Farm wine. They could not sell them to me because
they cannot sell alcohol after mdnight which I did not know about.
Now I do.

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Boone's Farm Wine? by sarahsmile Thu July 29, 2010 @ 9:11 AM


It's the Law in maybe every State by Philcat Thu August 12, 2010 @ 9:55 AM


Not My State by Andara Tue September 14, 2010 @ 4:30 PM

by t n. Posted Tue July 27, 2010 @ 1:23 AM

This happens in almost every store. Not only Walmart does this, it's
federal law. Get over it.

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It is not federal law by gb Tue August 3, 2010 @ 11:52 PM

Not what I meant by t n. Fri August 6, 2010 @ 1:00 AM
by Dabney T. Posted Mon July 26, 2010 @ 10:56 PM

This definitely sucks. I can see both sides. The employee was
suspicious, and she has the right to refuse a sale if she thinks a
customer might be trying to trick her into doing something unlawful.
The problem with that is, as you have seen, sometimes people who
aren't trying to do anything sneaky get the short end of the stick.
It sucks, but its not Wal-Mart's fault - it's the fault of all the
people who do try to buy beer for minors. A few bad apples have
ruined the whole bunch.

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by gb Posted Thu July 22, 2010 @ 11:05 AM

Here's my take on it. WalMart is a big corporation and they have hard
and fast rules about things. This takes away any discretion an
employee may have. They are covering their behinds because they have
the potential to lose millions of dollars in a lawsuit.
I sell beer in PA. Our beer stores are privately owned but highly
regulated by the state. There are no chain beer stores. Our policy is
to card if you look under 30. If you are with a group of people, I
will card you, if someone hands you money to pay for the beer, they
get carded too. Everyone putting money in must be of age. Please don't
bother to go outside and come back in with money after someone doesn't
have an ID. I'm not stupid! If I feel that you are with people I know
are not of age and you are just 21 yourself, I can refuse the sale.We
have discretion and you are to use your common sense. If you come in
with your kids, we are going to sell you beer, Your kid may not carry
your beer out of the store. Once you are out of the store, what you
do with the beer in on you. Now, if you are young and you walk out
and put the beer in someone else's car rest assured that we are going
to get your license plate and call the police because we really don't
want you to buy beer for minors either. We are allowed to use our
common sense, We all know the dangers of selling to minor and we take
it very seriously but common sense is allowed to prevail where in a
big box store, it is not.

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Hey by Donno Sun July 25, 2010 @ 3:04 PM


by Just Simply Bella Sera Posted Tue July 20, 2010 @ 9:49 PM

As I said below, this is not the first letter we've seen regarding
their policy, and I doubt it will be the last. Personally I think it's
ridiculous and overzealous, but if that's their policy then that's
their policy.

And I won't fault Walmart for sticking to it. I just refuse to buy
alcohol there. (Well I refuse to shop there period, but that's a whole
'nother story.)

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It would be different by MA Cunningham Wed July 21, 2010 @ 9:07 AM


Agree by Donno Sun July 25, 2010 @ 3:17 PM
by Ants_Spiders23 Posted Tue July 20, 2010 @ 5:24 PM

Yeah, blame the society that will sue companies for selling to minor
kids. I am pretty sure Wal-mart was hit with a lawsuit where an adult
bought alcohol for a minor, but the parents claimed that Wal-mart
should have refused the sale as their child was underage. Instead of
the child taking personal responsibility, the parents wanted Wal-mart
to take the responsibility. So therefore, everyone pays.

The company is well within its' rights and once they ask for ID, ID
has to be provided. I personally don't want a record with one step
below a felony with a large fine due to some police department's
questionable methods (yes, police departments do busts too as that is
how 95% of the people at our store get caught. We have only had one or
two DEA attempts.) Not to mention the company gets fined too and
there's bad press.

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by petgiraffe Posted Mon July 19, 2010 @ 1:22 PM

My husband was not allowed to purchase beer at Walmart with his two
underage sons. Ridiculous policy when it's obviously and parent with
their children.

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Get Real by Jim R. Wed January 12, 2011 @ 3:57 PM

by tali Posted Mon July 19, 2010 @ 8:09 AM

We ID the purchaser, the one who is laying out the money. Should Dad
and his teen son come in, I always insist that the Dad carry out the
alcohol. That way sonny is not in possesion and pops is not at risk.
there has been some resistance, but when appearances are pointed out
Heads nod in agreement. I tell my cashiers they do not have to sell
beer or wine if they are not comfortable doing it. They can refuse for
any reason. Customer service will step in and take care of it.

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by LadyMac Posted Mon July 19, 2010 @ 8:07 AM

Stupid policy.

So if I go into Wal-Mart to buy beer or wine I can't have my 16 year
old son with me? That makes no sense.

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It makes perfect sense by Brittany C. Mon July 19, 2010 @ 8:57 PM


No, it's not illegal to provide alcohol to your minor child by RedheadwGlasses Tue July 20, 2010 @ 12:55 PM


It depends on the state you live in. by Just Simply Bella Sera Tue July 20, 2010 @ 9:45 PM


So at what age do you start by fairywithfangs Fri July 23, 2010 @ 12:10 AM


I think that's a good point. by Just Simply Bella Sera Sat July 24, 2010 @ 9:45 AM

by MissUK Posted Mon July 19, 2010 @ 4:48 AM

This is so ridiculous - it is just beer, for goodness' sake. If that
had happened to me, I would have been furious.

Unnecessary overkill.


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HUH? by fishbjc Tue July 20, 2010 @ 12:09 PM

It is not just beer. by Anonymous A. Fri July 23, 2010 @ 8:22 AM

by Michelle O. Posted Mon July 19, 2010 @ 1:09 AM

I think that Wal Marts stricter policy on alcohol sales is probably to
remove the need for clerks or manager to make a judgement call and
make a mistake - they card everyone in the party. Since you walked up
together, the natural conclusion is that you were together.

I could very well be wrong about this, but I am pretty sure they have
signs at their registers that say they card everyone - maybe I have
them confused with somewhere else I shop, but to satisfy my own
curiosity I will look next time I am there...

Regardless, and despite all the debate below, it seems to me that we
have seen this complaint enough times here at PFB, that I have no
trouble believing that this is an actual policy and the cashier was
simply doing their job as instructed.

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by Ben G. Posted Sun July 18, 2010 @ 6:12 PM

Of alcohol is a privilege and not a right. Your privilege was revoked
when you violated their store policy. If you are unclear of alcohol
purchase policies the best thing to do is ask first. If you don't like
it, shop at a different retailer.

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by Anonymous A. Posted Sat July 17, 2010 @ 6:55 AM

It doesn't matter if the person was just a run-in friend, how is the
cashier supposed to know that? You can tell it to her,but
unfortunately, the undercover cop(and yes they will bust cashiers who
fail to card anyone in a party who appears underage of the store's
minimum carding age, even if the person is a regular customer who they
know is over age) who could be possibly behind you and your friend
will bust her, no matter what the scenario is. She is trying to
protect her job and herself from facing jail time. She is definitely
not trying to making you feel like a criminal or embarrass you. This
seems like a state who abides to strict alcohol policies ( like
California).That's the same consequences as if someone were to
exchange money with the person who fails to have a proof of valid ID.
The right thing to do would be to refuse the sale if the legal person
pays,regardless if the legal person currently holds the money. It was
still given by the person who holds no ID.Most places automatically
terminate the employee, and they could face jail time and horrendous
fines if they fail to ask for ID, for anyone in the party. The store
will also lose their liquor license, unable to sell alcohol for quite
a while. This is not only a Walmart policy, other stores do it as
well. It is also a law.

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by Christine M. Posted Fri July 16, 2010 @ 9:59 PM

As far as I know, it's not a state law, at least not here in
Massachusetts, where I live. But it is definitely a store policy at
some places, and yes, some stores will card ANYONE no matter how old
they look. I'm 50 and my husband is 58, and one store carded both of
us for buying beer.

That is probably overkill, but so many stores have gotten in trouble
for selling to underaged kids, so they do reserve the right to card
whenever they feel it necessary. Sometimes it's just easier to have a
"card everyone regardless of age" policy.

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by Eclipse Posted Fri July 16, 2010 @ 8:15 PM

I am on the side of the OP. If the store is able to verify that the
purchaser is of legal age, they should sell it to them unless the
cashier specifically hears them mention it is for the minors. If the
store sells it legally, the legal responsibility should rest with the
person who just purchased it. The store should not be held accountable
for what happens after it is in the hands of someone of age.

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But it's not. by batmoody Sat July 17, 2010 @ 7:16 AM


It doesn't work that way by Donno Sun July 18, 2010 @ 11:55 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri July 16, 2010 @ 12:50 PM

So the solution should have been, the 21yo's mom should have bought
the alcohol for the 26yo (with the 26yo's money).

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Do we know by Donno Fri July 16, 2010 @ 7:59 PM


I don't recall.... by Pagan Sat July 17, 2010 @ 5:49 PM


Ethnicity by Donno Sun July 18, 2010 @ 11:50 PM


OMG he was JOKING. by RedheadwGlasses Mon July 19, 2010 @ 12:41 PM

by Kalphoenix Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 5:23 PM

I don't see why OP was embarrassed. If this is their policy, it's
their policy. I've worked a lot of places with stupid policies I had
to enforce. It's frustrating, but it's not my job to interpret them
as I see fit. It is my job to enforce them or be out on my ass
without a job.

In fact, at Walmart, I'm almost sure their policy states that they are
supposed to card every restricted purchase, regardless of how old the
customer looks. It wouldn't surprise me that they are harsh on this
policy too.

But I don't see anything wrong with asking Walmart to be expected to
post this policy with the alcohol. It doesn't matter, people won't
read it (We have signs at my work that 90% of people ignore, even
though they are bright red on a white background), but I still think
policies need to be posted loud and clear anyway.

I think this sort of policy is open to way too much abuse, however.
Kids trying to get someone to buy booze will probably, in most cases,
NOT be in line with whomever they are trying to get to buy it for
them. And where do you draw the line? How about mom or grandmom (Or
dad) with a baby in the cart? Can they not buy booze because they
have a child with them? It doesn't really help solve any problems and
just puts the cashier in a no-win situation as well.

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signs by ams1001 Thu July 15, 2010 @ 7:22 PM


wegmans by PepperElf Sat July 17, 2010 @ 5:53 PM

im a cashier at walmart by valsavage2004 Sun May 20, 2012 @ 2:14 AM
by BigShot Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 4:39 PM

I have been instructed by my manager on a couple of occasions to check
the IDs of everybody in a party. It isn't necessarily store policy,
but it's common sense. As others have said, it dosen't take a genius
to see when the person who is of age is buying for people who may or
may not be of age. While it may be true that you and your friend just
ran into each other, this could easily be used as an excuse for
somebody trying to buy for their underage friend. Put yourself in the
cashier and the store's shoes. As for policy, companies that sell
alcohol have a lot of latitude when it comes to denying sales. If you
walk in obviously drunk with slurred speech, they have the right to
refuse the sale. It may even be policy, I don't know Walmart's
policies or the laws where you live.

Walmart is actually providing a service to the community by doing
this. Assuming the law says that only the person purchasing must show
ID, then Walmart is under no obligation to check the IDs of others.
This could help prevent underage drinking which could prevent
alcohol-related accidents. The best advice I could give everyone is
to just carry your ID with you everywhere you go. Mine is in my
wallet, I never leave home without my wallet. Whether you're buying
alcohol or not, just carry your ID with you and these situations will
be avoided.

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by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 12:06 PM

I agree with you. ABsolutely ridiculous. I would refuse to shop
there again. That manager is an idiot. AS is whomever wrote the
rule.

And no, the store is not obeying some "law."

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If it is policy, that makes it their job. by batmoody Thu July 15, 2010 @ 1:23 PM


I didn't say the employee did anything wrong by RedheadwGlasses Thu July 15, 2010 @ 1:47 PM


Really? by NathanG Thu July 15, 2010 @ 1:50 PM

I would sell to that group's 21 yr old, yes by Jared C. Thu July 15, 2010 @ 2:16 PM


however... by PepperElf Thu July 15, 2010 @ 5:32 PM


Infer and extrapolate and read into things much? by RedheadwGlasses Thu July 15, 2010 @ 5:45 PM

As to the specific example... by S D. Thu July 15, 2010 @ 7:40 PM


I agree by Donno Thu July 15, 2010 @ 9:11 PM


And once again, it depends on state law. by Just Simply Bella Sera Sat July 24, 2010 @ 11:43 AM


While it's not a law in NYS.. by Harleycat Thu July 15, 2010 @ 7:36 PM

That's interesting. by S D. Thu July 15, 2010 @ 7:45 PM


Cooking wine is fine.. by Harleycat Fri July 16, 2010 @ 2:40 PM


"Cooking wine" is nasty stuff in the vinegar department by olie Fri July 16, 2010 @ 6:58 PM


yeah in NY to sell regular wine you still have to be a privately owned store by PepperElf Sat July 17, 2010 @ 5:57 PM


and i can verify the stings by PepperElf Fri July 16, 2010 @ 6:27 AM


We get stung by our own store by batmoody Fri July 16, 2010 @ 7:47 AM

by Jared C. Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 11:33 AM

Here in Delaware, alcohol cannot be sold in grocery stores or
Walmarts, Targets, etc.

Only at regular liquor stores that have everything - beer, wine,
liquor.

Frankly, we can view the OP's negative experience from an optimistic
slant.

WalMart sucks and is an evil, immoral, beuareaucratic behemoth. They
lost out on a sale - and maybe future sales from this OP - as a result
of their ludicrous and inane policy. The less money given to WalMart,
the better.

OP - If your local Target sells alcohol, please start buying it there
instead of WalMart as Target is a good firm that treats their
employees, their customers - and the communities in which they operate
- fairly and kindly.

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by fairywithfangs Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 10:22 AM

Things must vary by state but I know everywhere I have lived has had
this policy, not just at WalMart but any place alcohol is sold.
Everyone in the party must be over the age of 21 and if the cashier
has any worries about anyones age they can card everyone who is at the
register.


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But he wasn't in her "party" by RedheadwGlasses Thu July 15, 2010 @ 12:07 PM

They were together.. by jeishere Thu July 15, 2010 @ 8:51 PM

Well.. by Anonymous A. Sat July 17, 2010 @ 7:13 AM

by Donno Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 10:18 AM

Could be state law where you live. I know I have heard of it.

A lot of people get offended, say they were embarrassed, felt like a
criminal etc. But it is just a matter of policy, one you didn't know,
and there is no reason to be embarrassed.

You approached the checkout with this friend. Trying to explain the
friend really isn't with you is a bit difficult at that point. People
make up all sorts of stuff.

If you think about the policy, it has fairly logical underpinnings.
As far as posting it, while it may help prevent situations such as
this I would vote for no sign. We can't have signs for everything.


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by MarksMilitaria Posted Thu July 15, 2010 @ 8:29 AM

Yes, Law.
If the purchaser is in company of a **suspected minor** all parties
must be carded. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but if you
are talking to someone like this person more than likely was, the
clerk is right.

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re by RowdyRetailer Thu July 15, 2010 @ 8:52 AM


There is no Law...Its a Policy by NathanG Thu July 15, 2010 @ 11:04 AM


who goes into a liquor store by ams1001 Thu July 15, 2010 @ 7:17 PM


NOpe, not a law, but thanks for playing by RedheadwGlasses Thu July 15, 2010 @ 12:07 PM

by RowdyRetailer Posted Wed July 14, 2010 @ 11:47 PM

Ah yes, These are classics.


At my store, this is our policy.


Only the person purchasing the beer or alcohol is to be carded.

Unless the cashier "hears" something that would indicate that the
customer is providing it for a minor.

For example, "Dude, we're going to get wasted tonight" Then the
cashier may ask for additional Id's. If they dont have one, and they
look underage, the sale is cancelled.

Perhaps you should buy your alcohol like Jerry and Elaine had to buy
their soup from the soup Nazi, no talking in line to others, place
your order, scoot over, pay and leave.

Good Day

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Policies differ store to store by batmoody Thu July 15, 2010 @ 1:20 PM
by andbran Posted Wed July 14, 2010 @ 11:47 PM

i believe its Federal Law.

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re by RowdyRetailer Wed July 14, 2010 @ 11:52 PM

While I think... by Kalphoenix Thu July 15, 2010 @ 5:27 PM


saying it's law by ams1001 Thu July 15, 2010 @ 7:15 PM


Saying it's a law. by Pagan Sat July 17, 2010 @ 5:59 PM


re by RowdyRetailer Fri July 16, 2010 @ 12:20 AM


Alcohol is not regulated by the federal government. by Just Simply Bella Sera Sat July 24, 2010 @ 11:52 AM




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