Shopper, 25, asked for ID to buy TEASPOONS – as shop worker says they could be used as drug paraphernalia
- Elinor Zuke told she needed to prove she was 18 to buy £1.19 six-pack of spoons
- Heroin addicts put drug in teaspoon to 'cook' it
- Age should be irrelevant as heroin is a Class A drug
By ROB COOPER
Teaspoons: Elinor Zuke, 25, who works for trade magazine The Grocer, was told the spoons could be used as 'drugs paraphernalia'
Elinor Zuke, 25, was told by the self-service checkout at Sainsbury's that she needed age verification as she tried to buy a £1.19 pack of spoons.
A shop worker then intervened and said it was because of the risk they could be used for drugs - heroin users 'cook up' the drug in teaspoons.
Heroin is an illegal Class A drug - so it is irrelevant whether someone is over 18 - the spoon should not be used for that purpose anyway.
The maximum sentence for possessing heroin is seven years in prison or an unlimited fine.
The supermarket giant apologised for the blunder at the store in West Green, Crawley, West Sussex, and blamed a fault in their system.
When Ms Zuke, a reporter on trade magazine The Grocer, asked why the purchase had to be verified, she was told that the six-pack of spoons 'could be used as drug paraphernalia.'
Have people become so paranoid, perhaps the tabloids have convinced us that everyone is on drugs.
God forbid what would happen if you wanted to buy a spade, what ungodly crime might you use it for.
Come on England, Come on, Come on, let's get real.
COULD THESE BE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION