BBC News last week featured a report on a  woman who was fined £80 for buying on behalf of a child after she was seen choosing vodka-based drinks with her 15-year-old daughter.
 
Store staff believed the drinks were for the daughter. Where does your sympathy lie?

The mother, Sue Savage from Cranbrook in Kent said:  "Assuming that someone is going to supply alcohol to children just because they have a child with them is ridiculous."

However a spokeswoman for store owner Co-operative Group said: "On this occasion the customer's daughter, who was known to be under 18, was viewed by staff members choosing alcoholic products from the shelves. Therefore, they refused the sale."

Kent Police said the officer dealing with the matter tried to find a sensible solution, but added: "The shop believed Ms Savage to be buying alcohol on behalf of a minor. If they served her, they could be prosecuted for breaking the law."

Interviewed in the BBC report, Convenience Store editor David Rees said: "On this ocassion the store erred on the side of caution, and that is both the responsible thing to do and a reflection of the pressure that stores are under."

Who's right? What would you do in the same situation?

Watch the BBC report here
 and leave your comments below.

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