Student charged one pence for showing ID

8th August, 2014 by Lauren Eads

A UK teenager was charged one pence by an off-licence because staff had to check her ID to prove she was over the age of 18.

Credit: @Sian_Heather

Credit: @Sian_Heather

Sian Heather, 19, only realised the additional charge after seeing it listed on her receipt, having bought a bottle of £2.99 rosé from an Eastbourne branch of Bargain Booze.

The shocked teen posted a picture of the receipt on her Twitter writing: “Got charged £0.01 for showing my ID? #what.”

A spokesperson for Bargain Booze said it was an “isolated” incident that should never have happened.

“This is an isolated incident. We never charge customers for ID checks,” a spokesperson said.

“They are registered through our till system against transactions for audit purposes.

“We are working closely with our Eastbourne store to ensure this doesn’t happen again and customers who have been charged a penny have been refunded.”

2 Responses to “Student charged one pence for showing ID”

  1. Tom Forrest says:

    I think that the bigger shock is the fact that the student was paying £2.99 for a bottle of rose. After VAT and duty there would only be a tad under 50p to cover costs of production and profit for everyone! at those price points every penny counts.

  2. Simon Mason says:

    How can they be charged “one pence” when it does not exist? One penny maybe.

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