Shoppers are outraged by a little-known checkout rule at Aldi, but would you agree?
- An Aldi checkout rule prevents adults from buying alcohol while shopping with children
- A mom posted on the store’s Facebook page calling it unfair to single parents
- She called for “discretion and common sense” in applying the rule
- Other parents agreed, with one woman calling the line “ ridiculous. ”
- In September, a mother from NSW was turned down because of her two teenage children
A little-known Aldi checkout rule prevents adults from buying alcohol when shopping with kids – and shoppers aren’t impressed.
The debate has been raging since a mom posted a message to the grocery store’s Facebook page last week, calling it unfair to single parents, and asking shoppers to be treated on a case-by-case basis rather than hit by a blanket ban.
“Parents shopping with children shouldn’t buy alcohol?” she wrote.
There must be some discretion and common sense in applying this rule. A parent with a small child hardly buys alcohol to give it to their child. ‘
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Aldi shoppers have rejected supermarket checkout line preventing parents from buying alcohol when accompanied by children (stock image)
Dozens agreed, and many called it indirect discrimination against single-parent families.
“Too bad if you’re a single parent with kids… I think you’re going to take your business elsewhere,” said one woman.
This is a ridiculous rule that discriminates against parents. You can buy alcohol there with children and you do not intend to give it to them, ”said another.
Others disbelieved and demanded when the policy was put in place.
Since when is this a rule? I have always bought from Aldi while shopping weekly and also from bottle shops with kids? ‘said one woman.
Is this something new? Sounds ridiculous. ‘
Aldi responded to the original poster, saying she apologized for the inconvenience, but under the terms of the responsible alcohol service, they can refuse to sell wine and beer to a customer if accompanied by a minor.
The German-owned retail chain added that it is always “careful.”
In September, a New South Wales mother was mortified after a cashier refused to sell her a bottle of red wine because she had her two teenage children in tow.
The mother claimed she was in line to pay for her groceries, including alcohol, when the 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.
The manager said it was at the cashier’s discretion if she could let the mother buy the wine.
Eventually, the mother was allowed to purchase the wine, but claimed she had a red face because the incident took place in front of her children and other customers.
“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.
Under the terms of the Responsible Service of Alcohol, licensed supermarkets may refuse to sell wine and beer to a customer if accompanied by a minor (stock image)
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 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,” the spokesman said.
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.”
According to Liquor and Gaming NSW, it is illegal to purchase or obtain alcohol on behalf of a minor from licensed locations. Adults can be fined up to $ 11,000 and / or 12 months behind bars if convicted of underage alcohol abuse.