A 92-year-old war veteran says he was stunned when asked for ID to buy vodka in Tesco.
Tony Ball said he had been stopped from buying two bottles of the spirit in Feltham, West London.
It appears the check-out worker was joking when she asked him to prove he was over 18 - but Ball didn't see the funny side and stormed out.
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He told The Sun: "I laughed, but she then said, 'We’re not allowed to serve you if you’re underage'.
"By the look on her face she wasn’t joking. I said, 'Do you mean it?' and she said, 'Yes'. So I said, 'You can tell Tesco what to do with their stuff', and walked out."
A store manager said the girl on the till had done the same thing previously "as a joke".
He told The Sun: "Our colleague was trying to be light-hearted, but we appreciate the joke wasn’t shared. We have apologised and we’re keeping Mr Ball’s bottles for him if he chooses to drop by, with our compliments."
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