Asda in shock responsible booze retailer claim
It is therefore staggering to find the likes of Andy Clarke, chief operating officer at Asda, banging on about being responsible. He reckons the supermarkets have a part to play in the community and that this involves taking responsibility for the sale of knives and alcohol to young people.
He should be applauded for this view but the only problem is that there would not be such a strong requirement to stop young people from trying to buy alcohol if it wasn't so dirt cheap in the supermarkets.
The major grocers have also frequently presented their policies on selling to minors - that include things like the 'Challenge 25' initiative - as all that is apparently needed for them to be wholly responsible and whiter-than-white with regards to the sale of alcohol. This completely overlooks the fact that it is not just young people that have a problem with booze.
But I suppose Asda and the rest of the supermarkets would suggest that those people are old enough to be responsible for their own actions. Which is entirely correct, but whether it is an example of being responsible in the community I rather think not.
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