Walmart alcohol sales criticized

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa woman and her daughter had a disappointing Fourth of July. A woman 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 near Jordan Creek as she bought some things for the holiday 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.

Julie says the cashier told her that she couldn’t, “Buy these Straw-Ber-Ritas.”

Lauridsen says the cashier told her it was policy.

Something Walmart’s spokesperson denies and 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 under age when questions will be asked, and the sale of alcohol could be denied but says the company as a rule does not 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,” Brian Nick, Walmart spokesperson.

Lauridsen is not alone.

Social media has stories from other people who share 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,” said Lauren Kane, daughter.

“I think the situation could have been handled a lot differently. I think instead of accusing, she could have gone about it a different way,” said Leah Kane, daughter.

The Walmart spokesperson said he would look into this and other similar incidents.

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