A Chorley mother-of-two was banned from buying alcohol at a local supermarket because she’d drank ONE pint of cider with her lunch.
Donna Fear, who lives literally yards away from the Morrisons store in Brooke Street, claims she was left mortified when staff refused to serve her four cans of cider on Friday evening.
The 35-year-old had drink with her lunch when she visited the Bowling Green, in Charnock Richard, because she was wasn’t driving.
However, Morrisons staff later refused to serve her when she visited the store to buy supplies for a night in with friends.
She said: “I was absolutely disgusted. It was the first time in a while that I had a day without the kids and I had been out for a nice lunch at the Bowling Green.
“I had one pint and didn’t think I was doing anything wrong because I wasn’t driving and had a night in planned.
“Morrisons is literally 30 seconds away from where I live and I walked across the car park to the store at about 6.30pm to buy the cans for a night in that I had planned with my friends.
“I certainly wasn’t drunk – not even tipsy.
“When I got to the self-service check-out an assistant was called over to verify my age which I fully understood.
“It was then though that she asked me if I had been drinking?
“I laughed it off and told her I’d had a pint with my lunch, but she then told me she wouldn’t be able to serve me.
“I was gobsmacked. It wasn’t as if I was falling all over the place drunk.
“I honestly thought it was a set-up and that the television cameras would appear at any minute, but when she called over her supervisor they agreed and I had to leave the shop empty-handed.”
Donna was furious and checked Morrisons’ policy for selling alcohol when she returned home to Princess Street.
She added: “The worst thing was that everyone was looking at me in the queue.
“I felt stupid and was made out to be a drunk when I’d only had one pint.
“I ended up going to a shop across the road and when I told the man there what had happened he couldn’t believe it. My friends couldn’t either and when I checked online there was nothing to say that you couldn’t buy alcohol if you had been drinking. If that’s the case then staff should stand at the door with a breathalyser.
“It wasn’t as if I was trying to buy a trolley load of alcohol or that I was planning to drive home with it either.
“It was a complete joke.
“It was humiliating and I certainly won’t ever be shopping at Morrisons again.”
The Morrisons’ policy states that anyone who appears to be under 25 will need to verify their age before staff will be able to serve them.
It also claims that the supermarket works closely with local licensing authorities and Police to ensure that all alcohol sales are not only within the law but consistent with responsible retailing.
A Morrisons spokesman said: “In this instance our employee believed that the customer was under the influence of alcohol at the time she attempted to purchase alcohol in store.
“The law states that it is illegal to sell alcohol to any person already under the influence of alcohol.
“Failure to comply with this law could result in our licence being revoked.”