Shop Assistants: Our New Conscience 2

18th Oct 2009

Hello lovely people

Of course the same government is hell-bent on ensuring that nobody under the age of 18 gets access to alcohol.  Hence the law which ensures that a shop assistant who sells alcohol to anyone under 18 will be severely punished.

But it does not stop there.  A shop assistant is by law also obliged to refuse selling alcohol to anyone who may provide that alcohol to a person under 18.

What is the result of this?  A woman and her 20-year-old son cannot buy a bottle of wine for Sunday lunch, because the son, who is with the mother in the shop, cannot at that moment prove that he is over the age of 18.  His mother’s word is not acceptable to the shop assistant.  And what will happen if the son is by any chance 17 years and 364 days old?  The shop assistant will get a hefty fine and lose their job.

Can the same shop assistant sell the same bottle of wine to the next customer who has her 11-year-old son with her?  Of course.  In the judgement of the shop assistant, the 11-year-old is too young to drink, and the mother would not give the alcohol to the boy.  And we all know that no child would ever steal alcohol and experiment with it at any age.  And the moon is definitely made of cheese.

Next in the row is the lady with arthritis in both hands.  She brought her 15-year-old daughter and 14-year-old niece with her to carry the groceries.  Can she buy wine?  Of course not.  In the opinion of the shop assistant, there is the risk that the lady will force-feed the wine to the two girls, or even offer them each half a glass of wine with their meal, under her supervision.  Sorry, madam, no sale.

What kind of society allows – no, forces – teenagers to police parents?  What kind of government resolves alcoholism problems with longer pub hours?  What kind of nation allows a government to put barely-out-of-school shop assistants in a position to be the moral judges of the nation?

We created this government.  We can create a different government.  Do we know what we want from the government we create?  Or do we just want to sit back and see what farcical legislation they come up with?

Please leave a comment if you feel inspired.

Love and Light

PS: I am a professional transition coach.  I help individuals and businesses to achieve their personal and commercial objectives.

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