Dear Wetherspoons, please stop discriminating against young people.

Dear Wetherspoons,

Myself, my two brothers, my sister-in-law and my nephew (amongst others) were enjoying a pleasant get together in the Velvet Coaster last Saturday. My nephew, who is 21, went to buy us all a drink and was only allowed to buy a drink for himself, because (and here I quote one of your staff) ‘we had to check his ID which means he might have been trying to buy drinks for people who are under age’ – which would of course be a criminal offence. This not only embarrassed my nephew who had to return empty handed and apologise to the rest of us, it seriously hurt his mother’s feelings. She, unlike your company, regards her son as a responsible adult who is not in the least inclined towards committing criminal acts.

When his mother and I asked the staff why they had treated my nephew like a criminal, they told us to our faces that it was the law. This, of course, was a bare-faced lie.

May I point out that anyone – regardless of age – who buys drinks might be buying them for someone underage? And that you should therefore by your own logic not serve alcohol to anybody ever?

My local Wetherspoons has recently been displaying posters exhorting young drinkers to drink in Wetherspoons rather than at home. There have been several editorials in the Wetherspoons house rag complaining about people consuming alcohol at home instead of down the pub and firmly laying the blame at the feet of the government. May I suggest that while Wetherspoons are discriminating against young people and undermining their self-esteem, at least some of the blame might lay closer to home?

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About Patrick Whittaker

I'm a writer and director of the occasional short film. Although a Londoner, I'm based in Blackpool on the north east coast of England.

Posted on September 14, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I had this to, and thoroughly agreee

  2. While they are right to ID your nephew, it’s wrong they didn’t let him buy a round. I didn’t know there was any law or company policy stating under 25s can only buy for themselves!? I’m sure they would’ve seen he was with family, not a group of underage teenagers. Seems staff at Wetherspoons had a common sense fail.

  3. You are wasting your time trying to get any sense from Wetherspoons, Staff and management make up their own rules as they go along.
    You’re fortunate (or perhaps unfortunate*) you haven’t taken this to a higher level it is well established (it’s all over the internet) That Wetherspoons have a stock letter, which bars anyone who dares to complain. They will back their employees no matter how wrong they are (even if they’ve had a police warning for their actions) and tell you they refuse to enter into further correspondence.
    * If you are unfortunate enough not to have been barred by Wetherspoons – they CAN NOT stop you taking matters into your own hands and barring yourself.

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