Store Sells Wine To 7-Year-Old Girl
April 4, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
EXETER, England, (UPI) — British supermarket chain Tesco apologized after a mother complained her 7-year-old daughter was allowed to buy a bottle of wine.
Maggie Waugh, 43, said she waited outside of the Tesco Express store in Exeter, England, while her daughter, Dani, went inside the store to buy her some “surprise” early Mother’s Day gifts and she was shocked when the girl emerged with a box of chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine, The Sun reported Wednesday.
“The duty manager said it was a mistake and shouldn’t have been authorized,” Waugh said. “I can’t think what the worker was doing. She obviously didn’t look at what Dani was buying and just let it go through.”
Waugh said she refused an offer of a voucher from the store, saying she just wants to make sure the incident is not repeated.
Tesco said the employee who sold the wine to the girl was not fired but is no longer with the company.
“This was a genuine mistake for which we apologize. We have reminded staff of their responsibilities when selling alcohol,” the store said in a statement.