The Express reports that a schoolboy of just 14 bought kitchen knives from two of Britain’s most popular stores with no proof of age required. A branch of homeware and garden store The Range in Bradley Stoke, near Bristol, sold a serrated stainless steel bread knife eight inches long to fresh-faced teenager Will Shields.
Despite a sticker on the product’s packaging in bold letters saying “NO ID NO SALE!”, the £3.79 knife was purchased along with a vegetable peeler and a chopping board.
In a branch of supermarket giant Lidl in the same town the youngster was sold an eight-inch Ernesto chef’s knife with no indication on the packaging or in store that ID was required. Will said he paid £1.99 for the knife and the man at the till told him as he was leaving: “Have a nice day.”
No response was received from The Range. At B&M and HomeSense stores, Will was asked for ID and was not served when he was unable to provide it. He said that at both stores staff told him he needed to be over 25 to make the purchase.
Argos, Asda, Morrisons, Poundstretcher, Sainsburys and TK Maxx all refused to sell knives to him.
Student Kristiana Hall also found it easy to buy knives, however she bought them from Poundland – just days after the firm announced it was banning sales to help keep the public safe.
On the back of both packs were warnings which stated: “Poundland operates a proof of age policy called Challenge 25. If you look under the age of 25 you may be asked to prove that you meet the legal age limit.”
“I noticed a warning appear on the till screen asking to check if I was 18. She clicked it off the screen and didn’t bat an eyelid. I couldn’t believe she didn’t even ask me one question about it.”
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