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Lithuanian stores start demanding ID from all alcohol buyers

To buy alcoholic beverages in stores of Lithuania’s largest retail chains, all buyers will have to produce identification documents specifying their age as of Friday, reports LETA/BNS.

The companies that proposed the scheme suggest they aim to prevent sales of alcohol to minors and raise public awareness. They say no buyer data would be collected, with buyers only requested to show their IDs to cashiers.

Some politicians and activists who suggest that alcoholic beverages should only be sold in specialized stores, at shorter hours or to older residents, see the latest scheme as a public relations campaign.

Aurelijus Veryga, president of the National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition who is running for parliament with the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union, maintains the step is targeted at giving businessmen “extra levers to put politicians under the obligation of negotiating with them.”

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