0% beer - authorisation needed!
Now I don't drink alcohol (haven't done for about 8 years now). Never bothered about it and usually drink some sort of fruit cordial (ribena/robinsons) instead. I try to stick off of coke if possible.
Yesterday a teacher who also doesn't drink mentioned that she'd tried some of the 0% beer, not the ones that have 0.5% and are labelled as non alcoholic, but the real 0% one. So I thought well I may as well give it a try, it's something different.
Went to Asda, got a four pack of bottles of them (for about £1.50 i might add!) and as it was busy, went to the self service. Put them through and it came up with authorisation needed. The woman came over, scanned her card and on we went. But my wife did ask why we needed authorisation for something that contains absolutely no alcohol. The woman said (and i quote)
"I asked my manager the same thing a few weeks back and its apparently because it looks and tastes just like beer, but we're not sure the exact reason"
So let me get this straight, even though this item contains 0% alcohol i need to have my age checked? Does that mean that a kiddies gun should require a gun permit because it looks just like the real thing?
How ridiculous is that? I could understand with the low alcohol ones, as they have about 0.5% alcohol so might still be seen as an alcoholic drink. But just because these ones are stacked next to the normal beer and might taste similar to normal beer, it shouldn't make it illegal for under 18's to buy it.
Let's face it, mouthwash has more alcohol in it than this beer!