Store refuses to sell newspaper to nine-year-old

Stores refuses to sell newspaper to nine-year-old

Stores refuses to sell newspaper to nine-year-old

First published in News

A NINE-year-old boy was left “upset” after he was told he was too young to buy The Guardian newspaper in a convenience store.

Bosses at the One Stop shop in Priorswood Road, Taunton, have apologised for the “genuine mistake”.

Matthew McFarlane, of Eastwick Road, was turned away when he took his copy of the broadsheet to the counter and was told it was an age-restricted item.

Matthew, a Lyngford Park Primary School pupil, said: “It was quite upsetting because I really wanted to get it.

“I think they thought I was too young to read some bits of it, but they let other children read other newspapers.”

His father, the Rev Iain McFarlane, vicar of St Peter’s, said his goddaughter, Susannah, who is 21, stepped in and bought the paper.

Mr McFarlane added: “It seems ludicrous that a child should be denied the right to buy a broadsheet newspaper.

“We should be encouraging children to read good newspapers.

“I’d want to protect my son from the likes of The Sun, but The Guardian?

“It’s nanny state nonsense.”

A One Stop spokeswoman said a flag comes up on the till when newspapers and magazines are scanned to warn staff to check to see if they contain DVDs or CDs that may be inappropriate for under 18s.

She added: “It was just a genuine mistake.

“We had a couple of new employees in the store and they automatically thought they had to decline the sale.

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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7:01am Thu 1 Sep 11

chr15flip says...

slow news day? but the lad has had his 5minutes of fame!
slow news day? but the lad has had his 5minutes of fame! chr15flip
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10:22am Thu 1 Sep 11

wilf61 says...

typical of the staff at this shop. My 20 year old son was asked for id when buying a bar of chocolate, admittedly he walked in with his twin brother who purchased cider and had id, but surely common sense should prevail in circumstances like this. These were two separate transactions.
typical of the staff at this shop. My 20 year old son was asked for id when buying a bar of chocolate, admittedly he walked in with his twin brother who purchased cider and had id, but surely common sense should prevail in circumstances like this. These were two separate transactions. wilf61
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8:17pm Thu 1 Sep 11

Iain McFarlane says...

I'd like to point out that I have nothing personal to say in criticism against the staff or management of the Onestop Shop, but having spoken to an Asda checkout assistant, this is clearly a policy that has crept into our supermarkets... and out of general principle, I think it needs challenging.
I'd like to point out that I have nothing personal to say in criticism against the staff or management of the Onestop Shop, but having spoken to an Asda checkout assistant, this is clearly a policy that has crept into our supermarkets... and out of general principle, I think it needs challenging. Iain McFarlane
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4:48pm Sat 3 Sep 11

itsmeyes says...

His father is quoted as saying its "nanny state nonsense" but what on earth has the "nanny state" got to do with a shop assistant enforcing an idiotic policy that has nothing to do with the government or the law?????

Another non story from the wonderful Gazette who falsely reported the closure of Bathpool bridge 'til October then removed the story several days later without correction or apoligy.

Wave good bye to this comment!
His father is quoted as saying its "nanny state nonsense" but what on earth has the "nanny state" got to do with a shop assistant enforcing an idiotic policy that has nothing to do with the government or the law????? Another non story from the wonderful Gazette who falsely reported the closure of Bathpool bridge 'til October then removed the story several days later without correction or apoligy. Wave good bye to this comment! itsmeyes
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5:59pm Sat 3 Sep 11

Iain McFarlane says...

I take your point but the same is true of health and safety - much of which has developed well outside the bounds of the law. But governments have created a society of excessive protection and fear rather than common sense and freedom. As I stated, no issue with the shop assistant or Onestop branch, but I do think the supermarket chain behind them has reacted excessively without common sense. At least they should be consistent: why have a age restriction on a paper with adult content extended to an Opera Guide, while other tabloids and magazines can be bought restriction free pedalling soft ****.
I take your point but the same is true of health and safety - much of which has developed well outside the bounds of the law. But governments have created a society of excessive protection and fear rather than common sense and freedom. As I stated, no issue with the shop assistant or Onestop branch, but I do think the supermarket chain behind them has reacted excessively without common sense. At least they should be consistent: why have a age restriction on a paper with adult content extended to an Opera Guide, while other tabloids and magazines can be bought restriction free pedalling soft ****. Iain McFarlane
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11:07pm Sun 4 Sep 11

barelolz says...

He was left "upset" after being refused the sale... It's a newspaper. An inanimate object...
He was left "upset" after being refused the sale... It's a newspaper. An inanimate object... barelolz
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11:44pm Sun 4 Sep 11

Iain McFarlane says...

barelolz wrote:
He was left "upset" after being refused the sale... It's a newspaper. An inanimate object...
He's a nine-year-old who's vocab described "embarrassed" and "awkward" as "upset".
[quote][p][bold]barelolz[/bold] wrote: He was left "upset" after being refused the sale... It's a newspaper. An inanimate object...[/p][/quote]He's a nine-year-old who's vocab described "embarrassed" and "awkward" as "upset". Iain McFarlane
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11:06pm Mon 5 Sep 11

jimee says...

I think the supermarkets are being driven to this barmy action by the law...i watched as a man of 24 years old was refused a packet of cigarettes by a shop assistant (he had nothing to verify his age). The assistant said he didn't look 25...but i thought you only need to be 18yo to buy cigarettes...?
I think the supermarkets are being driven to this barmy action by the law...i watched as a man of 24 years old was refused a packet of cigarettes by a shop assistant (he had nothing to verify his age). The assistant said he didn't look 25...but i thought you only need to be 18yo to buy cigarettes...? jimee
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2:09pm Mon 19 Sep 11

itsmeyes says...

but what law jimee?? there is no law relating to the sale of papers to children???

the responsibility falls with this shop, not the law.

I stick to my point....what has 'Nanny state' got to do with this incident? NOTHING!!
but what law jimee?? there is no law relating to the sale of papers to children??? the responsibility falls with this shop, not the law. I stick to my point....what has 'Nanny state' got to do with this incident? NOTHING!! itsmeyes
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