DES MOINES, Iowa — A mother is upset with a Wal-Mart cashier after the cashier refused to sell her alcohol because the mother was with her 20-year-old twin daughters at the time of purchase.
Julie Lauridsen was shopping for her July 4th weekend and picked up five cans of an alcoholic beverage called Straw-ber-Rita.
She says the clerk checked her identification and then asked for the IDs of her daughters.
When Lauridsen told the cashier that they were still minors, she says the cashier told her, “Then you can’t buy these Straw-ber-Ritas.”
“It was really awkward, and it kind of hurt me because she was kind of assuming I was going to be drinking them, and I thought it was unfair,” said Lauren Kane, one of the daughters.
When she tried to explain that the alcoholic drinks were for herself, not for her daughters, the cashier told her it was policy.
However, a Wal-Mart spokesperson says the cashier was not correct.
Brian Nick explained that there may be times when a cashier wouldn’t sell alcohol to someone who is in their early 20s, accompanied by minors, but Nick says the company, as a rule, does not routinely ID minors who are with adults.
“We specifically don’t have a policy to ID minors, because they are not the ones buying the alcohol,” he said.
However, since Lauridsen has told her story, social media has filled with similar stories at Wal-Mart and other stores.