Aldi shopper was outraged by the alcohol policy after trying to buy wine while shopping with her kids
A shopper has been ’embarrassed’ about a little-known alcohol policy after trying to buy a bottle of red wine from Aldi with her two teenage children in tow.
The mother, from New South Wales, claimed she was standing in line to pay for her things, including alcohol, when a diligent cashier called a manager to ask if she could serve her while she was shopping with her school kids.
“ While I was waiting in line I grabbed a bottle of alcohol to buy, the cashier said to check with her manager if she could sell the alcohol as I have two children in uniform, ” the woman wrote in a Facebook group.
“She called the manager and was told it was up to the cashier if she could sell it to me.”
A shopper is ’embarrassed’ about a little-known alcohol policy after trying to buy a bottle of red wine from Aldi with her two teenage children in tow (file image)
The cashier decided that the mother could buy the wine, but the customer claimed she left a flushed face after having been left in the queue.
“She allowed me to buy it, but at the same time, I felt embarrassed when people looked at me like I’m a bad parent,” the mother said.
“And no, my kids never used the alcohol.”
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a spokesperson for Aldi Australia said it is the store’s responsibility to prohibit customers – shopping with children – from buying alcohol if they suspect the adult is supplying the drink to minors.
“The sale of alcohol may be refused if a minor has consumed alcohol that could potentially be purchased by an adult for the minor’s consumption,” said the Aldi spokesman.
This includes a minor accompanying an adult who purchases alcohol, even if the minor has not physically touched an alcoholic product.
“It is the store’s responsibility to refuse any customer who poses a risk and it is ultimately up to the person offering the service to decline the sale if they have any doubts or concerns.”
The shopper shared her experiences on social media, where she asked fellow workers if they had stopped buying alcohol while shopping with their children.
Her post quickly sparked a discussion among shoppers, with many taking the side of the cashier for being careful about serving adults accompanied by children.
According to Liquor and Gaming NSW, it is illegal to purchase or obtain alcohol on behalf of a minor from licensed locations. Adults can face fines of up to $ 11,000 and / or 12 months behind bars if convicted of underage alcohol abuse.
One mother said she usually leaves her two teenage children in the car when buying alcohol from the store.
‘I personally don’t buy alcohol when my kids are with me. They wait in the car, yes teenagers can and may sit or buy in the car if they are not with me at all, ”she said.
Maybe something to keep in mind for future reference. No staff member asks for fun, just to keep their job. So don’t take it personally. ‘
Full statement from Aldi Australia
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, an Aldi Australia spokesperson said:
As a responsible retailer, ALDI Australia supports all regulations for purchasing alcohol, including Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offense to provide alcohol to a person under the age of 18 and for any person under the age of 18 to purchase or receive alcohol.
The sale of alcohol may be refused if a minor has consumed alcohol that could potentially be purchased by an adult for consumption by the minor. This includes a minor accompanying an adult purchasing alcohol, even if the minor has not physically touched an alcoholic product. It is the responsibility of the store to reject any customer who poses a risk and it is ultimately up to the person offering the service to decline the sale if they have any doubts or concerns.
Violating the laws and policies of the Australian government regarding the sale of alcohol has serious consequences. Thus, ALDI is subject to severe penalties if we sell alcohol to a customer who delivers to a person under the age of 18.
The mother, from New South Wales, claimed she was in line to pay for her belongings, including alcohol, when a diligent cashier called a manager to ask if she could serve her while she was shopping with her school children (image )
A bottle shop employee weighed in on the matter, saying she would rather be too careful than be prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-18s.
“I’d rather accidentally insult someone than not be careful, sell alcohol to the wrong person, lose my job, and get hit with thousands and thousands of dollars in fine,” she said of her store.
‘We are not allowed to sell drinks to anyone in school uniform at work, regardless of age 18+. And if we have any suspicion that it could be a secondary delivery, we have the right to refuse service to save our own a *** s. ‘
Many shared similar experiences, with one woman claiming that a cashier refused to serve her because her 28-year-old daughter had no ID with her.
‘It happened to me a few times when I was with my 28-year-old daughter. She had no ID with her and I wasn’t allowed to buy the alcohol until she could provide the ID. I left the alcohol and didn’t want it after that, ”she explained.
Some buyers suggested that the retailer should ‘put his policy in writing for all customers to see’ to prevent this from happening in the future.