Woman felt like criminal at LCBO

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

TORONTO - If you are buying booze at the LCBO, don't even think about letting your teenager carry it to the cash.

Turns out they have a rule that says anyone under 19 can't do that.

Ask Oakville's Angela Parsons.

She and her 17-year-old son Evan were over to pick up an eight-pack of beer at the LCBO store in Oakville, Ont., a week ago and found out the hard way.

"I didn't know there is such a rule," said Angela.

She does now.

Angela decided to purchase a small case of Guinness for her husband and when she started digging through her purse for her wallet, her helpful son picked up the case and put it on the counter for her.

"The first thing I heard was the clerk saying, 'Can I see your I.D.?'"

The question was for Evan.

Really, LCBO? The kid was just helping his mom after all.

"I thought she was just joking," said Angela of the clerk.

But what came next was the kind of thing you might see in an episode of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

No I.D., no beer!

"There's a misunderstanding," Angela insists. "The beer is for me."

Well actually it was for her husband. The situation quickly deteriorated.

Instead of accepting this, there was a by-the-book explanation to Angela that a minor cannot even touch a liquor product inside an LCBO.

Angela said she understood that she was told to go back and get another case and bring it back without her son holding it.

This did not help.

"Now the manager is at the cash and I am being told they can't sell me the beer because they were saying I was buying it for a minor."

Incredulous, Angela insisted she wasn't doing anything of the sort.

"Embarrassing," is how she described it. "I would never do that."

But this is an LCBO policy.


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