Whatever Happened to Common Sense In The UK...?

...bought a packet of ciggies at lunchtime and the woman behind the counter asked if I was over 18? Ha ha!!! If only. Anybody could see I am well past being 18. I can understand someone asking if there was a doubt, but this is just taking the biscuit surely? Same as when I buy a crate of beer in Morrisons, "Are you over 21?". What if I say no, can they seriously refuse to serve me? Whatever happened to common sense in this country?

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  • kaygee
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    Common sense disappeared around the time New Labour was elected for the second time. By then it had screwed up education by lowering already low standards, had introduced more 'rights without responsibility' legislation and had empowered the Health and Safety Taliban to neuter physical and mental risk taking.

    I am over 70 and am asked if I am over 21; I always reply that I am being insulted and ask to see the Manager - they serve me, looking sheepish.

  • 1 decade ago

    Don't know about that but I think common sense has long since flown the coop everywhere.

    In the instance you give, I don't think it has anything to do with common sense. It's more trying to protect people. I live in New York State. You are now asked for your birthday or picture ID at the check out counter at grocery stores if you purchase beer, wine coolers, cigarettes and believe it not, some cough and cold remedies as some idiots are killing themselve smelling the stuff. I bought a single beer one day and my 19 year old son was with me. He needed proof also. I told them to forget about it as he didn't have anything on him. I guess lots of adults buy for their kids. If the kids would use common sense, hey I guess you are right, then these types of laws would not have to be put into place. They ruin it for others.

    Crazy laws that we brought on ourselves by being crazy.

  • Joan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    How ridiculous, she should never have been asked for proof of age ... the proof was written all over the old ladies face in the form of the odd wrinkle or two. As for the shop assistant who in my opinion is utterly pathetic, any common sense she was born with, was obviously thrown out with the after birth, .

  • 1 decade ago

    Few months back, my partner was asked for ID at Asda when he was buying some vodka, the bloke on the check out refused to sell my partner it, as he had no ID. My partner is 33 and definitely does not look like someone under 21. I said I would have kicked a fuss up and demanded to see the manager but my partner is quiet so just left the store feeling extremely embarrassed.

    Either the cashier is blind or he was taking the pee.

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  • Su-Shi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I got ID'd in Sainsbury's a few months ago when buying an 18 rated DVD. I laughed and told the woman I was 36, but I still have to produce proof before she would sell it to me!

    Crazy!

  • Roz M
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I was thrilled the other day, when it happened to me, I nearly hugged the poor cashier. I haven't been asked for so long that I've been feeling very hurt.

    PS. As I'm over 50, you can understand why it was nice even if it was rather daft.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is modern life, it has gone crazy with a new law or regulation every day. There are too many people in the public service with nothing better to do than to make petty rules

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    im 39 now ,

    when i was 30 i was once refused to be served alcohol in a pub by someone who was never 18 usually id be flattered !

  • 1 decade ago

    Common sense was banned about 10 years ago.

  • deni
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    how about seeing it as a compliment, tho i have to say i agree with you it can get a bit daft, i am 24, look it and more haha and i got ID'd for a packet of fags and super cheap bottle of wine, its ridiculus, bet they dont ask 14year olds if they are old enough

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