Is there a minimum age to buy booze AND loo rolls?

AS A local resident and regular Dispatch reader, I often read with interest the letters published in the ‘Your Opinions’ section. Despite many years of reading and enjoying the opinions of others, I have never felt compelled to write a contribution myself — until now.

Inevitably, it involves probably one of the most hotly-debated topics the column has seen in recent years, our beloved Tesco superstore in Hucknall.

Having returned from work, I asked our 18-year-old lad if he would mind collecting a few items from the Tesco Extra store as he would be passing in his car. As well as a few essentials, including toilet rolls and bin bags, I asked him to pick up some lagers as we were expecting guests and I wished to keep my reputation as a good host intact.

To cut a long story short, even though he had valid ID in the form of a driving licence, they refused to serve him the alcohol. I can understand this as he is only just 18 and doesn’t look 21 or 25, or whatever the poster says.

However, what I am struggling to comprehend is that having refused to serve him the alochol, they also refused to serve him the other items.

I am not a legal expert, but I am pretty certain there is no legal age-requirement for purchasing toilet rolls and bin bags. Not a big deal, I know, but this did cause embarrassment for all concerned and the inconvenience of another car journey.

The items were purchased from another retail outlet which will be getting the benefit of my custom in the future.

It seems to me that despite wanting to take over every town and city in the land, the mighty and all-conquering Tesco also wants to pick and choose its customers.


Corinthian Close,