Amazon Age Restriction Policy

Amazon Age Restriction Policy.

According to Amazon age restriction policy:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201957120

Amazon will not deliver an item to ANYONE regardless if they are 18 or 88 without seeing photo ID for age restricted items.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/oct/29/amazon-delivery-restricted-items-alcohol-proof-identity

I can understand that some people may not look 18 or even 21 and in those cases it is perfectly acceptable for Amazon to ask for ID but if a person is 58 or 88 they obviously do not look 18 or younger, then this becomes debatable and ridiculous.

I am trying to get my head round this so if I did not show ID and in my case it was a knife that I had ordered and something bad happened say for example someone got stabbed with the knife I had ordered how does that effect the retailer that sold it to me?

What repercussions would Amazon or the retailer have? (They would not have any) and only I would be to blame and no one else other than myself and the person that used the knife for his/her own wrong doing.

Amazon age restriction policy needs to be re-evaluated as you cannot have one rule for one and not for the other. If that was the case every time anyone bought age restricted goods everyone 18 to 99 years of age would have to show ID to all retailers online and in-store in the UK.

According to Amazon they can not give the item to a neighbour yet the driver that delivered to me and I am 58 yrs old gave the parcel to my daughter even though he did not know if she was related to me or not? (She showed ID yet we have different surnames) or even if we lived in the same household as where I live is divided into flats and we were all congregated on the footpath outside the building.

I called out her name but that meant nothing, she could have been my neighbour. In fact I may not have been the person that was meant to have the delivery as I showed no ID.

So in theory I have just highlighted the shambles of the policy.

Amazon Quote “We take our responsibility in relation to the sale of age restricted items extremely seriously. Valid photographic ID and a signature of the recipient will be required upon delivery for all customers. Delivery to a neighbour, locker, pick-up point or nominated safe place location is not available for these items. If the recipient is not yet 18 years of age or over, and can’t show valid photo identification, the item will be returned to Amazon for re-delivery the following day”.

The law says you must show retailers photo id for certain items:

adult fireworks and sparklers – category F2 (outdoor use, confined areas) and category F3 (outdoor use, large open areas) fireworks18 and over
aerosol paint16 and over
alcohol18 and over
Christmas crackers12 and over
crossbows18 and over
knives / axes / blades18 and over
lighter refills containing butane18 and over
lottery tickets and ‘instant win’ cards16 and over
nicotine inhaling products18 and over
party poppers and similar low-hazard low-noise fireworks (category F1), except Christmas crackers16 and over
petrol16 and over
solvents and volatile substances18 and over – offence to supply or offer to supply to under 18s occurs only if the person knows or believes it is to be used for intoxication
sunbeds18 and over
tobacco18 and over
video recordings: U (universal)unrestricted
video recordings: PG (parental guidance)unrestricted
video recordings: classification 1212 and over
video recordings: classification 1515 and over
video recordings: classification 1818 and over
video recordings: classification R1818 years and over in a licensed sex shop
video games: PEGI rating 3unrestricted
video games: PEGI rating 7unrestricted
video games: PEGI rating 1212 and over
video games: PEGI rating 1616 and over
video games: PEGI rating 1818 and over
Age Restriction in the UK.

Amazon are on another planet if they are asking for photo ID of people clearly looking their age.

Why stop at Amazon why does every retailer in the country not start asking for everyone’s ID when buying Alcohol or Tobacco or any restricted goods regardless what age you are?

Why do the pubs and restaurants not ask everyone for ID when serving alcohol, because if they did a) it would be time consuming and b) they would not have any business left.

Amazon is a JOKE to ID people that clearly look older than 21 years of age.

This little episode clearly felt discriminating and caused a lot of stress because I cannot rush up a flight of stairs because someone snaps their fingers. The driver was clearly a sixpence short of a shilling (that is really showing my age) as he could not grasp the fact that photo ID is for people that do not look 21 years of age and look younger. Had I have not been saved by my daughter in the heated argument and was forced to show ID I would have insisted on his ID and had he refused to hand over my goods which I have paid for and money had already left my bank account. I would have every right to call the Police and have him done for theft.

The flip side of the coin is I had content to upload to my blog which I had not planned 🙂