True....But Quiche? Strange that the assistant in question could not be located either...Probably hiding. Surely even the most intellectually challenged 9no disrespect to the individual in question) Would find it odd to say the least.
Maybe the wage slave behind the till was that terrified about possibly going to a disciplinary and losing their job for not challenging a customer on their age, that all common sense went out the window.
I'm unlucky enough not to be challenged on my age these days, but I have noticed when I buy the paper from my local supermarket - the till asks the operator to confirm that I'm over 16.
It usually brings a quick reply and seems to have the required effect.
Most Checkout operators use a bit of common sense regarding the age check and don't even ask if its obvious as to your age, but there is always the odd jobsworth who is incapable of making a personal judgement.
Personal Judgement. The policy states under 25 so yes if it's a middle aged woman or man then they won't be asked but if you look as if you're on the right side of 30 then you will.
If you're asked for ID take it as a compliment and also take it as the NMW employee trying to keep their job without fear of dismissal or a fine.
They are trained to ask and err on the saide of caution, the local authorities will send in people to test retailers and secondly most big names employ mystery shoppers who give everything back to head office.