AN MP is backing shopworkers who have to decide if a customer is old enough to buy alcohol.
Calder Valley’s Chris McCafferty is backing the retail union Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign.
The Labour woman said: “Shopworkers have to make on-the-spot judgements all the time. Refusing to serve someone who is under-age is often a flashpoint for physical and verbal abuse, but even asking for ID is often enough to make many people kick-off at the shopworker.
“On the other hand, if the shopworker serves someone under-age, they are liable for an £80 fixed penalty notice, with repeated breaches incurring a court appearance or a fine of up to £1,000.
“Shopworkers aren’t paid huge amounts and they are in a difficult position of having to guess who to challenge. I hope shoppers in Calder Valley will be patient with shopworkers and produce ID if asked.”
“I am also asking the Government to look at whether the balance is right on this issue. I believe there is too much responsibility on the shopworker and not enough on the person who is attempting to buy underage.”
USDAW – the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers – is running a Respect for Shopworkers week starting on Monday.