Birmingham, AL asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Criminal Law for Alabama

Q: Two friends and I take a trip to a local grocery. My friends are under 21 years of age. I am 23. Can I buy alcohol?

I am 23 years of age. The alcohol was purchased for the friends' mother, who is over 21 years of age. When I attempted to purchase a bottle of wine, the cashier said that he would need to see all of our IDs because he saw us walk in together and there was a law on the matter. When I asked, he would not tell me which law or what it stated.

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William C. Head
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A: Laws exist in all states prohibiting an adult buying alcohol and supplying it to the minors. The grocery chain would rather NOT have you as a customer that to late be facing a claim that their clerk sold you booze that you then gave the young people, and a DUI-related death occurred.

This was a wise BUSINESS decision, on the part of the grocery.

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