Mr Grumpy: has the world gone mad?
Stuff’s website reported that a Countdown supermarket refused to sell a customer a bottle of non-alcoholic bubbly by Lindauer because it was after 11pm. Their liquor licence prohibited the sale of alcohol after 11pm.
But hang on a minute, Lindauer Sparkling Grape Juice is alcohol-free. So why did Takapuna Countdown insist on seeing customer ID and restrict sales to the hours prescribed by their liquor licence?
Mr Radich, the supermarket’s “alcohol responsibility manager”, (don’t get me started on his job title) explained that Countdown is,
“Vigilant around all products from prominent alcohol brands” and do not want to “normalise a product which looks very similar to other alcoholic products.”
Radich says it is,
“Countdown’s policy that zero percent and low-alcohol products should be treated like the rest of our beer and wine products, and sold responsibly.”
That makes zero sense to me.