Thursday, 15 November 2007

Why I Prefer Older Women

The other day, a supermarket in the UK refused to sell a bottle of wine to a 47-year-old grandmother because she couldn't prove she was over 18. She finally got her cheap Claret elsewhere. The story is in the Daily Mail, which isn't exactly a supporter of the current government - it's more of a "bring back hanging for murderers, lefties and illegal immigrants" type of paper. Naturally then, they would blame the government, wouldn't they? But perhaps this time they've got a point.

With the introduction of bigger fines, the retailers are getting stricter. Obviously, this is a good thing in that it presumably means that underage sales are falling, but it can be inconvenient for everyone else. Although strangely, despite my youthful good looks, no one has seen fit to challenge me (not that I ever carry ID).

In fact, a few weeks ago the woman on the checkout looked at me and said something sarcastic like "No point asking you if you're old enough!". Maybe her eyesight isn't so good, or something.

Recently they've started to get stricter, not just about checking the age of people buying booze, but also of those selling it. Now, I know that on paper the idea of allowing, say, a 15 or 16 year old to sell alcohol sounds wrong, but as usual they didn't think about the consequences before they changed the rules.

Perhaps it's because I tend to go shopping after work, but there always appear to be a lot of acne-covered teenagers on the tills at my local supermarket. If you've got a bottle of wine, or whatever, this holds up the queue while they get the supervisor to come over and authorise the sale. "Alcoholic at till 15".

Consequently I have now got into the habit of checking out the checkout assistants. I walk along, looking eagerly for a hint of grey, or a less than perfect complexion. If need be, I'll queue for slightly longer at my chosen till, rather than pick the one that is empty, but staffed by someone who might not be old enough to sell me the Demon Drink.

Maybe I should start asking them for ID. Or since, despite appearances, I'm not getting any younger, their phone numbers?

21 comments:

Jean Knee said...

don't they have laws to protect the under age from geezers like you?

Bee said...

BWAHAHAHAHA!

Bee said...

I think he was referring to asking the old chicks for their number not the young 'uns.

Bee said...

Maybe you should stop being such a boozer...? ;op

Jean Knee said...

details

Bee said...

jean knee, I posted the details on my blogus. I don't want to swan about here like I own the place...

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

What Bee said.

Bee:

Boozer: Yes, maybe I should, but realistically...

Swanning: Well, I did say you should make yourself at home here. And I haven't lived to regret it so far.

Jean Knee said...

that looks like an open invite to take over, go ahead bee

Bee said...

Maybe tomorrow cuz my brain is in a wicked fog...

Jean Knee said...

Brian, martha does have a recipe for green bean casserole

It looks horribly tedious and prolly won't be as good as the original


I forgot to add on my post,,... are you ready for this???



If I act now I also get a free Martha Stewart Living calendar!!!!! full of more ads no doubt but, hey, it's free!!! sold! sucka

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

It's that weird feminine "logic" again. You decided not to spend $30 on something. Now you've been suckered into spending $15, so you're $15 poorer than you would be if you hadn't recieved the "special offer", yet in your mind you think you've just saved $15...

Bee said...

I disagree Math Guy cuz for $0 she would have nothing but for $15 she has something.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Yes, you're right, of course - that is another valid way of looking at it.

Bee said...

Wow! Guys rarely see my point of view...

Just as a side note:
"I had typed "rearly" instead of "rarely". Weird.

Brian o Vretanos said...

In fact she also had the pleasure of feeling like she'd saved $15, until I so thoughtlessly took that away from her by pointing out that she hasn't. I feel ashamed now. Or rather I ought to...

Bee said...

That's okay Brian, she'll forgive you, even if you don't feel bad.

I really don't feel like working today.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Surely what you mean is that you're not going to get much work done today. Do you ever feel like working?

If working was so great, they wouldn't pay us.

Bee said...

I will have you know I am a diligent worker who-HAHAHA! Yeah right!

Jean Knee said...

not only did I save $15.00, a friend gets summin for nuthin frum me, and that calendar Hey

whatever, at least I don't pick up juniors at the grocery

Jean Knee said...

I picked up my junior at a bar, just sayin

Jean Knee said...

come to think of it he was under age at the time (fake id)