Walmart refuses to sell alcohol to mother accompanied by her children
IOWA – An Iowa woman and her daughters had a disappointing Fourth of July a few weeks ago.
Julie Lauridsen says she tried to buy alcohol at a Walmart, and the store wouldn’t let her because her underage daughters were there!
Julie Lauridsen says her 20-year-old twins were with her at the Walmart store as she picked up some things for the holiday weekend — including five cans of an alcoholic beverage called “Straw-ber-rita.”
She says her ID was checked, and then the cashier asked for the IDs of her daughters.
She told the cashier they were still minors.
Lauridsen says the cashier told her “Then you can’t buy these Straw-ber-ritas.”
“Seriously? So I just kinda started asking her, I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? These aren’t for them; they’re for me,’” Lauridsen said.
Lauridsen says the cashier told her it was policy.
It’s something Walmart’s spokesperson denies. The spokesperson says if this did happen: “That would be wrong, and that would be incorrect.”
Walmart’s spokesperson says there are circumstances when someone purchasing alcohol, who is in their early 20s, with other individuals who are underage — when questions will be asked and the sale of alcohol could be denied.
But the spokesperson says the company, as a rule, doesn’t 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. It’s the adults. We have the policy, or course, to ID the adults,” the spokesperson said.
As it turns out, Lauridsen isn’t alone.
Social media has stories from others who share in Lauridsen’s experience — an experience backed up by her daughters, who feel an unfair assumption was made about them.
“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,” one of Lauridsen’s daughter’s said.
“It all ended with ‘You have a nice Fourth of July.’ I’m like, ‘really? I was planning on it,’” Lauridsen said.