Bovington ID shock: Asked for proof of age at 56

Dorset Echo: Vic Anderson Vic Anderson

A 56-YEAR-OLD man and a 44-year-old woman have been asked for identification to prove their age at the village store they have both used for years.

Vic Anderson went buy cigarettes and a can of beer in the Mace shop in Bovington he has used for 20 years when he was told to prove his age despite being 56.

And Mary Wallace – who has lived in Bovington all her life, had to show her provisional driving licence to buy the pack of 20 menthol cigarettes she buys there every day.

Mr Anderson said: “I went over to get tobacco because it was my day off and I thought I’ll have a beer as well and I was surprised to be asked for identification.

“It’s not like I carry ID as I’m 56 and I know half the staff in the shop.

“I’ve lived in Bovington for 23 years and use the shop all the time as it’s one of the only amenities here.”

Mr Anderson said he pointed out members of staff that he knew and the manager was called over.

He said: “I had a queue of people behind me which was quite embarrassing.”

“The manager came over in the end and nodded to the member of staff that it was OK.”

Mary Wallace, 44, a care home worker, told how she was left angry at having to show her provisional driving licence.

She said: “I was disgusted going into my local Mace shop that I have used for years only to be asked for ID to buy cigarettes. It wouldn’t be so bad but I’m 44 years old.”

She said the shop worker was using a book to record the names and forms of identificaton used and she was told if they could not do that she would not be allowed her cigarettes.

“I’ve never seen or heard of anything so ridiculous.

“I’ve lived here my whole life and used that shop when it was a Naafi shop.”

A spokesperson for the shop said: “We have a ‘no ID, no sale’ policy in place at our Mace store in Bovington to prevent under 18s from buying alcohol and tobacco, and adults from purchasing it on their behalf.

“This may be viewed as excessive by individuals who are clearly of legal age but we are committed to creating a safe and pleasant community and feel this approach is the most responsible and effective way of achieving it.

“Feedback on the initiative from the majority of our customers and residents has been positive.”

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10:35am Fri 8 Oct 10

martaaay says...

so instead of getting some id, went and rang the echo...
so instead of getting some id, went and rang the echo... martaaay

11:43am Fri 8 Oct 10

portlandboy says...

Reading this along with the other story, it's clear that the owners have closed the door after the horse has bolted - the new policy will not undo the fact that they have been prosecuted for selling to minors.
If you are obviously of an age that means you can purchase age restricted items, why not just do so in a shop that has always had a responsable sales proceedure, instead of this place?
Reading this along with the other story, it's clear that the owners have closed the door after the horse has bolted - the new policy will not undo the fact that they have been prosecuted for selling to minors. If you are obviously of an age that means you can purchase age restricted items, why not just do so in a shop that has always had a responsable sales proceedure, instead of this place? portlandboy

12:22pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Joe_Bloggs says...

"A spokesperson for the shop said: “We have a ‘no ID, no sale’ policy in place at our Mace store in Bovington to prevent under 18s from buying alcohol and tobacco, and adults from purchasing it on their behalf."
I am not certain how proving you are of legal age means you wont hand your purchase to a minor after leaving the shop.

Also
“Feedback on the initiative from the majority of our customers and residents has been positive.” have they noticed how their customer numbers has probably dropped dramatically due to this new initiative !!
"A spokesperson for the shop said: “We have a ‘no ID, no sale’ policy in place at our Mace store in Bovington to prevent under 18s from buying alcohol and tobacco, and adults from purchasing it on their behalf." I am not certain how proving you are of legal age means you wont hand your purchase to a minor after leaving the shop. Also “Feedback on the initiative from the majority of our customers and residents has been positive.” have they noticed how their customer numbers has probably dropped dramatically due to this new initiative !! Joe_Bloggs

12:24pm Fri 8 Oct 10

PortlandWilliam says...

No recession in Bovy then, beer and fags all round...
No recession in Bovy then, beer and fags all round... PortlandWilliam

1:32pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Osmosis says...

LOL!!! "Bovington ID Shock!!!" Wow, this is shocking ! It all happens in Bovington doesn't it ? I'm glad I don't live there with things like this happening. Front page headlines - How much more dramatic can the Echo make this total non-story ?
LOL!!! "Bovington ID Shock!!!" Wow, this is shocking ! It all happens in Bovington doesn't it ? I'm glad I don't live there with things like this happening. Front page headlines - How much more dramatic can the Echo make this total non-story ? Osmosis

1:52pm Fri 8 Oct 10

weymouthfox says...

The answer is obvious, take your business elsewhere. It is sensible to question the age of young people but not a 56 year old who has used the shop for years. Take your money elsewhere!
The answer is obvious, take your business elsewhere. It is sensible to question the age of young people but not a 56 year old who has used the shop for years. Take your money elsewhere! weymouthfox

4:04pm Fri 8 Oct 10

nigefromdorchester says...

Why didn't he just show his ID and buy his goods....Where is the story here...?I get asked for my ID daily....why should this chap be different?

Just show your ID and move on.... No story here...
Why didn't he just show his ID and buy his goods....Where is the story here...?I get asked for my ID daily....why should this chap be different? Just show your ID and move on.... No story here... nigefromdorchester

7:13pm Fri 8 Oct 10

georgeb455 says...

Is there no real news in Dorset?, perhaps something a bit more interesting....?
Is there no real news in Dorset?, perhaps something a bit more interesting....? georgeb455

8:52pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Rodwellocal says...

An unfortunate case of staff being (presumably) told to enforce rules without allowing for common sense to prevail. Quality of service and common sense can easily be applied within any regulation.
Did I over emphasise common sense?
I wonder why?
An unfortunate case of staff being (presumably) told to enforce rules without allowing for common sense to prevail. Quality of service and common sense can easily be applied within any regulation. Did I over emphasise common sense? I wonder why? Rodwellocal

10:03pm Fri 8 Oct 10

muzzyofrotherham says...

"the shop worker was using a book to record the names and forms of identification used."

Does this fall foul of the data protection act in any way?
"the shop worker was using a book to record the names and forms of identification used." Does this fall foul of the data protection act in any way? muzzyofrotherham

11:24pm Fri 8 Oct 10

GMax says...

muzzyofrotherham wrote:
"the shop worker was using a book to record the names and forms of identification used." Does this fall foul of the data protection act in any way?
It just might.
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GMax
[quote][p][bold]muzzyofrotherham[/bold] wrote: "the shop worker was using a book to record the names and forms of identification used." Does this fall foul of the data protection act in any way?[/p][/quote]It just might. . GMax GMax

5:29pm Tue 12 Oct 10

seahear says...

Quite a complement to him! You don't look that old sir...

always look on the bright side of life..

:-)
Quite a complement to him! You don't look that old sir... always look on the bright side of life.. :-) seahear

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