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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Walmart cards kid, loses dad as customer

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

This story from Iowa prompts a question of whether any Arkansas Walmart customers have encountered this.

A 57-year-old Iowa man went into an Iowa Walmart and attempted to buy a couple of six-packs of Bud for himself and a bottle of vodka for his missus. The cashier carded, not him, but his 15-year-old daughter. No ID. No sale.

The Des Moines Register article explains that Walmart is experimenting with ways to thwart underage drinking, including by asking for ID from people in a group with a purchaser. He complained. The man's response from Walmart:

"In order to ensure that alcoholic beverages and tobacco are not sold to minors, Walmart is testing point-of-sale age checks in some locations across the country," the customer service statement read. "By testing this, we hope to discover the best methods for ensuring that products are not sold illegally to minors. In addition, to comply with federal laws, stores may ask for the ID from individuals within a group other than the person making the purchase."

Unhappy customer says he'll take his business elsewhere.

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