In a sting operation in the whimsically-named Nottinghamshire, England, liquor stores #FAILED miserably in their age verification efforts when an 18 year old successfully bought fine alcoholic beverages using an ID with cartoon Bobby Hill’s picture and a stated age of 17.
From the article:
More than half of the 22 shops tested by the county council trading standards operation either served the teenager alcohol without asking for identification, or accepted fake ID, even though it identified that he was underage.
A total of seven stores failed to ask for identification and six checked his false ID card but still sold him the alcohol.
As a result of the poor performance by alcohol retailers, the local authorities are “considering using a child with a fake ID” to see if that inspires a more encouraging response. If it doesn’t, this writer is predicting authorities are likely to simply give up.