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Swedish supermarket sold full strength beer

The Local · 1 Aug 2012, 16:35

Published: 01 Aug 2012 16:35 GMT+02:00

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“When we looked closely at the bottles we noticed that one contained 5.4 percent alcohol and not the usual 3.5,” said Jesper to daily Aftonbladet.

In order to buy an alcoholic beverage in one of the state-run alcohol chain Systembolaget’s outlets, customers must be 20 years of age, according to Swedish law.

The conscientious young men therefore went and asked to see the store manager but were told he was unavailable.

They then brought the drinks to the checkout where the cashier wasn’t able to scan in the bar code, according to the paper.

“The girl in the checkout asked us how much it cost without even taking a look at what it was,” said the mean to the paper.

On the receipt the full strength beer turned up as “beverage” and cost the young men the same price as the light beer they had intended to buy.

The store manager for the shop, Shivan Osman told the paper that he has now removed the full strength beer from the shop and that his staff will be more observant on what is in the shop from now on.

“It is a question of a wrong delivery. It must have been an intern at the brewery sending us the wrong product,” said Osman to Aftonbladet.

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17:54 August 1, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Why on Earth would these kids bust the store manager?! They found a hidden gem in this store and should've kept their mouths shut!
18:10 August 1, 2012 by Roffe
About time someone took the lead. Say NO to Systembolaget!
18:19 August 1, 2012 by Rishonim
What a pair of idiots.
18:54 August 1, 2012 by Smokebox
I agree. What a score that was!!!!
19:09 August 1, 2012 by dizzymoe33
They didn't even have to show their ID to prove their age?! How stupid!! Over here in the States if this happened and was reported in the news the store would be shut down for selling alcohol to minors and a heavy fine would be imposed on that store owner.
19:26 August 1, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@dizzymoe33 The clerk assumed it was the normal "light" beer that you only need to be 18 to purchase, so there was no need to card them. It's only the "strong" beer that isn't suppossed to be sold in grocery stores that has the age 20 requirement.

Also, the whole act of carding is pretty much an American thing. You don't usually have to prove your age here unless it is blatantly obvious you are many, many years under age.
20:17 August 1, 2012 by eurobloke
Considering the supermarket in question was Willys, that says it all (LOL).
21:57 August 1, 2012 by muscle
this is a clear example of how much swedish kids love to follow the rules... even if they loose all the fun :)

but anyway, jokes apart, it was a good job.
07:24 August 2, 2012 by rsmehdihasan
party goes on!!!!
09:35 August 2, 2012 by robban70226
Time to disolve the ridiculous Systembolaget system of control and arbitrary manipulation. I dont understand why the EU allows the monopoly to exist.
10:19 August 2, 2012 by Abe L
#5 - Over here in the rest of Europe you can usually buy alcohol legally starting at the age of 16 and it's commonly available in normal supermarkets and you rarely get asked for ID. The US and Sweden are a few decades behind on this topic, both legally and culturally.

Either way, it's about time the systembolaget monopoly gets disbanded. But as usual Sweden does what's worst for their citizens. The pharmacy monopoly that actually made sense was a good thing and got disbanded, while the systembolaget monopoly has stopped making sense 30 years ago continues to exist.
11:20 August 2, 2012 by Rimbaud
After 10 month in Sweden I still cannot believe that the country has still this crazy legislation in place. The worst of this is that this systems does not help at all the alcohol addiction problems that Sweden has.......
04:41 August 3, 2012 by godnatt
The horror!

In other news Systembolaget sucks.
14:48 August 3, 2012 by Prestonrobsun
Isn't System Bolaget illegal under EU Law? No competition.
03:59 August 4, 2012 by FatherJon
Almost as bad as Canada!
04:37 August 4, 2012 by Eric1
It's a wonder that the shop owner didn't get life in prison for "cheating" the government out of it's puntitive taxes it collects on beer at Systembolaget.
13:38 August 6, 2012 by Opaline
At least they decided to let the staff know, this is the sort of behaviour that will show the government that young adults CAN be responsible with drink and that they wont turn into alcoholics the minute they take a sip, like many people seem to think.
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