A man who has lived for nearly a century had to walk out of a store without the liquor he wanted to buy after being informed he needed identification to prove he was old enough. The store now says it was a joke, but the man with 19 great-grandchildren isn’t buying it.
Tony Ball, who fought in World War II, was trying to buy a couple of bottles of vodka for Christmas presents at a London Tesco when the cashier asked him for ID, according to MSN. The 92-year-old didn't have anything on him to prove he was over 18, so the cashier told him he couldn't make his purchase.
Mail Online reported that Ball thought the cashier was initially just joking around.
“I laughed but she then said, ‘We're not allowed to serve you if you're under age,’” Ball said.
“By the look on her face she wasn't joking. I said, ‘Do you mean it?’ and she said, ‘Yes.’ So I said, ‘You can tell Tesco what to do with their stuff,’ and walked out.”
The cashier’s manager later admitted she had done it before “as a joke” and a spokesperson for Tesco added, “Our colleague was trying to be lighthearted, but we appreciate the joke wasn't shared. We have apologized and we're keeping Mr. Ball's bottles for him if he chooses to drop by, with our compliments.”
As of the moment, it doesn’t appear that Ball has any need to return to the store.
“I went to another shop across the road and it was cheaper,” Ball stated.