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Walmart explains ID policy; metro man recalls trouble buying alcohol with brother by his side

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many of you chimed in on our Facebook page following a story out of Iowa. A woman says a Walmart cashier refused to sell her alcohol because she was shopping with her 20-year-old daughters. Fox 4 reached out to the retail giant and also spoke with a metro man who said he went through something similar.

Julian Watts said he was shopping for alcohol at Walmart and was refused the purchase because his 20-year-old brother was with him. Walmart told Fox 4: "The company does not have a policy requiring cashiers to ID minors."

Walmart spokesperson Brian Nicks said a cashier may ask anyone who looks younger than 40 to show a valid ID if trying to purchase alcohol. Nicks said there is not a policy to routinely check the IDs of minors with an adult who is buying alcohol, unless the cashier sees indicators the adult is buying alcohol for a minor.

Walmart says it lets cashiers use best judgment because it’s that individual on the line as well as the company, and they’re taking measures to prevent crime from taking place.

Watts said he had a similar situation at a Walmart in the Northland.

“I went to go buy just a six-pack. They told me I couldn't buy it because my brother was with me and he wasn’t of age to buy alcohol,” Watts said.

Watts says the cashier carded his 20-year-old brother and wouldn't sell it, even if his brother left the store.

“That’s a little bit too much to go through to buy alcohol. Well make sure you have your ID before we go to Walmart, or don’t bring any of my kids with me. It’s just too much,” he continued.

Watts claimed the pair was not talking about drinking and that neither gave any indication Watts was going to share his beer with his brother.

“It’d be the same thing if a restaurant said, 'well, we’re not going to allow you to buy a margarita or a beer because you have your daughter with you, or your younger brother with you,'” Watts contended.