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Store refuses wine for woman, 68

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Jennifer Rogers and her friend have combined age of 138

A 68-year-old Essex woman has told how she was prevented from purchasing a bottle of wine because she could not prove her age.

Jennifer Rogers, from Harlow, went to her local One Stop convenience store with a 70-year-old friend.

But a staff member refused the sale because she needed photographic identification to prove her age.

Mrs Rogers said at first she thought it was a joke. The company said it took the sale of alcohol "seriously".

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Mrs Rogers said: "I just thought 'no this isn't real, someone's going to jump out with a camera and say gotcha'.

"I said 'you don't really want ID?' and he said 'yeah I'm afraid we do'."

A One Stop spokesperson said: "We take the sale of alcohol to underage people extremely seriously.

"We are trialling a number of initiatives in different stores across the country to deal with this."

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