FARMINGTON, Maine – A 65-year-old woman who went into a supermarket to buy wine was turned away because she did not have an identification card with her to prove her age.
"I'll be bringing my driver's license with me from now on," said Barbara Skapa.
Skapa said she normally carries her driver's license. But with her leg in a cast, Skapa was being driven by a friend when she went into the Hannaford Bros. market last week to buy several items, including some bottles of wine.
The cashier told her it was policy to check for identification, said Skapa, who believes "no one would mistake me for 30 or even 40." Skapa asked if her friend could buy the wine for her, but that was disallowed too because it is considered "third-party" purchasing. Skapa asked to see the manager.
A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain, Rebecca Howes, said Hannaford's policy is to check IDs of anyone who looks under 45 and wants to buy alcohol.
The policy is not unlike those of many other Maine businesses and chains who want to stop minors from illegally buying alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
In 2005, the state Legislature passed a law that requires identification from those who look under 27 years old before they can buy alcohol or cigarettes.