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Wetherspoons

Legs

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#1
I went to the cinema the other day with my son (17 and on a weekend off from AFC Harrogate) and my OH. After buying the tickets there was a couple of hours to go before the start. So I thought a drink was in order.

Popped into a JD Wetherspoons pub. A large poster on the window extolled "Families Welcome".

I ordered 2 pints, and a large coke.

Barmaid: "Is anyone in your party under 18?"

Me: "Yes, my son is 17 and the coke is for him"

Barmaid: "Sorry, I can't serve you alcohol unless you are having a meal then, and if you have a meal you can only have 2 rounds of alcoholic drinks"

Me: "Are you serious? We want one drink each, and the 17 year old is having coke before we go to the cinema?"

Barmaid: "Yes, that's company policy. We can't serve alcohol to people accompanied by minors"

WTF is that all about then?
 

Joker62

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#2
Legs, it's all bollocks, the rule that they spouted is designed to stop the chav single mums spending all day in the pub getting wankered whilst young chavvies are running riot round the pub, creating havoc. Mind, you should have gone to a better pub, so it's your own fault :)
 

Legs

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#4
Legs, it's all bollocks, the rule that they spouted is designed to stop the chav single mums spending all day in the pub getting wankered whilst young chavvies are running riot round the pub, creating havoc. Mind, you should have gone to a better pub, so it's your own fault :)
In my defence, it was the only pub near the cinema. Walked a bit of a way to a Chiquitos and had a drink there instead. They didn't object to my son having a glass of coke...
 

Joker62

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#5
Legs, only joking. I used to work for them, they issue guidelines and the individual pub managers tend to read them their own way, until the complaint letters rollin and the area manager issues an interview without coffee. You'd be surprised (or not actually) how many managers treat the place as if they owned it themselves.
 
#6
The other day I was asked for ID to buy remegel.

"We can't sell medicines to under 18s"
I'm over 18 says I
"We ask anyone who looks under 25"
I'm 33 says I
"Take it as a compliment"
No. You are stupid for 2 reasons:
1. I don't look under 25.
2. You don't need ID for remegel.
"Its company policy"
Its insulting. Keep your remegel.
 
#7
I was on leave from Telic a few years back and was refused service at a Wetherspoons as they wouldn't accept a MOD90 as ID. They're a strange bunch.
 
#8
Wetherspoons, the McDonald's of Alcohol!

Surely you have to hand it to them for a little bit of social responsibility which they recognise some of their core visitors lack?
 
#9
You'd be surprised (or not actually) how many managers treat the place as if they owned it themselves.
If they owned it themselves, they'd probably consider the profits to a much greater degree. As it stands, they seem to get some sort of power kick from enforcing **** rules. Their attitude almost seems to be that it's a privilege to drink there, and they milk it for everything it's worth - like a short, fat storeman who's been bumped up to lance jack after 15 years on a sick chit.
 

Legs

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#10
Wetherspoons, the McDonald's of Alcohol!

Surely you have to hand it to them for a little bit of social responsibility which they recognise some of their core visitors lack?
I have to hand nothing to them, least of all my custom. If their staff don't have the intelligence to tell the difference between a load of chavs and their screaming offspring and a polite, well dressed couple with a polite, well dressed 17 year old then they shouldn't be in charge of the washing up, let alone a pub.
 
#14
Council urges army drinkers to break the law • The Register

perhaps we should get a couple things added to the list.
wetherspoons are certainly a strange bunch, i get ID'd in them if ive had a shave that day, and they do make up a lot of BS rules. main thing to remember though is that a landlord (and by extension, his barstaff) can refuse service at any time to any person for any reason; or even for no reason, and they dont even have to tell you why. some people enjoy their power too much, what little of it they have.
 
#15
Fact of the matter is chaps, they have final say on who they ID and who they don't. Why? Because they fall foul of the law, it'll come down hard on the actual individual who served you as well as the establishment, IIRC. I'd be paranoid too. (Fortunately, when I bartended, most of the clientele were easily over 40. The few younger ones who did come readily showed their ID without complaint.)

My 21 year old daughter (on her own) wanted a cup of coffee and had to show id.
Is she a looker? :p
 
#16
I have to hand nothing to them, least of all my custom. If their staff don't have the intelligence to tell the difference between a load of chavs and their screaming offspring and a polite, well dressed couple with a polite, well dressed 17 year old then they shouldn't be in charge of the washing up, let alone a pub.
Then Chav couple turn up with spotty joyriding 17yo, and get refused while you're sat there, one discrimination case on its way.

It's their rules, their pub (wetherspoons), and recognise the general audience they may attract.
 
#17
I was on leave from Telic a few years back and was refused service at a Wetherspoons as they wouldn't accept a MOD90 as ID. They're a strange bunch.
This has been done to death and it's agreed that MOD90s are for getting onto camps. Just because they have your date of birth on, they don't become identity cards.

It's Passport / DL because it's easy for door staff to learn the difference between a gen and a fake. If they had to learn how to spot a fake MOD90, warrant card, NUS card, university of outer mongolia ID card and a westlife fan club card (none of which are any more valid than the other - they're only ID cards within their own organisations), the job would get a lot tougher and become pretty darn impossible.

That said, I think Wetherspoons do now accept MOD90 as ID after some booties kicked up a fuss.

Royal Marines refused a pint on return from Afghanistan after bar staff refuse military ID - Telegraph
 
#18
This has been done to death and it's agreed that MOD90s are for getting onto camps. Just because they have your date of birth on, they don't become identity cards.
Eh? It is an ID card, and it's issued by the Government. It's also the only form of ID you're likely to have if you're a young tom with no driving license and the Army is "looking after" your passport.
 
#19
Eh? It is an ID card, and it's issued by the Government. It's also the only form of ID you're likely to have if you're a young tom with no driving license and the Army is "looking after" your passport.
Edited to add: It's also a lot more real than the fake "Age" card that used to get me in all over the place before I turned 18...
 

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