Ding Ding - all aboard - Wetherspoons this time

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  1. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Get the keys to the bus, time for a run-out:

    Royal Marines refused a pint on return from Afghanistan after bar staff refuse military ID
    Two Marines were refused entry to their local pub the day after fighting in Afghanistan because door staff refused to accept military ID.

    Dan Buchanan and Kelvin Billings had hoped to have a homecoming pint at the J D Wetherspoon in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

    They showed their military ID, which included their dates of birth, but staff at the pub said the cards were not acceptable as evidence of proof of age.

    Marine Buchanan, 21, said today: "A day before I was putting my life on the line for Britain and yet that didn't count for anything.

    "We were disgusted and angry, to be honest."

    The pair, who served with 42 and 45 Commando in Afghanistan during the current deployment, had both returned to their shared house unaware that the other had leave.

    They went to the Isambard Kingdom Brunel pub, dressed in civilian clothes, for a quiet beer and catch up about 9.30pm on Saturday.

    Marine Buchanan said: "We couldn't believe it, we didn't have any other ID because it's all still in Afghanistan."

    Lance Corporal Billings, 22, said he was in disbelief that military ID was not enough to get past the doormen.

    He added: "The head doorman said it is company policy, but Portsmouth is the home of the navy and the marines have been here for centuries, so how can that be right?

    "Without us these places wouldn't be in business, it's completely hypocritical."

    Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South, Mike Hancock, who also sits on the Commons Defence Committee, said: 'It's absolutely appalling.

    "These men have put their lives on the line.

    "They had their military ID on them which clearly would have had pictures on to identify them so why on earth weren't they allowed in? It's jobsworthiness gone mad.

    "Licensed premises are entitled to ask for ID for age checking purposes but I can't believe that they could not accept military ID. It's absolutely mind boggling."

    A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said the company only accepts three forms of ID to combat fraud – a passport, driving licence or UK citizen card.

    He added: "We have a really good relationship with the armed forces and welcome them into our pubs.

    "In fact, we are currently running a promotion, which offers discount to armed forces personnel.

    "We apologise if the person was disappointed that he was not allowed in but we only accept a handful of forms of ID."

    I like the bit about "We have a really good relationship with the armed forces and welcome them into our pubs" - how the feck do they work that one out, eh? They won't let them in :)

    In other words, Military ID is not good enough for JDW. So, as they serve shitty beer in a usually shitty atmosphere, they can do without my custom.

    (At least until I get back to the UK, that is)
  2. Been done matehttp://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=115444.html
  3. A Mod' that hasn't checked to see if this particular non-story hasnt already been covered...?
  4. Edited as beaten to it!
  5. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer


    OK, ignore, then delete. I didn't see it <sob>....................
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