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Buying alcohol in Coop.

Hello

I've been sitting with a question quite long.
I once came with my brother to the coop and we wanted to buy a crate of beer, now they asked our age ofcourse and i'm 17 years old.
They told me I wasn't allowed to buy the 'crate'.

Now am I allowed to buy a single beer without having majority ?

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am I allowed to buy a single beer without having majority ?
Legally, you are allowed to purchase beer from an age of 16 years onwards.

https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a11

Keep in mind that beer is fermented, while other alcoholic beverages would typically fall under the stronger legislation put down in https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a41

Whether or not a shop will sell to you - different story.
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Old 29.03.2016, 21:13
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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

My 10 year old step-son (now 33 1/2) was shocked the first time he went to a shop in Wallis to buy me a beer, and they wouldn't serve him!

Especially odd as there was no problem when he was 9!

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My 10 year old step-son (now 33 1/2) was shocked the first time he went to a shop in Wallis to buy me a beer, and they wouldn't serve him!

Especially odd as there was no problem when he was 9!

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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Coop's policy is that they will only sell alcohol to people 18 or over, this includes wine and beer. They choose to have a simple general rule rather than have the two age restrictions allowed by law in some cantons.

http://www.coop.ch/pb/site/medien/no...Lde/index.html (German - French and Italian available at top of page)
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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Reminds me of that time in USA when I wanted to buy a crate of Coca Cola in a liquor store. I was not allowed as I didn't carry any ID, I was 30 years old though...
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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Thx for the replies
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Reminds me of that time in USA when I wanted to buy a crate of Coca Cola in a liquor store. I was not allowed as I didn't carry any ID, I was 30 years old though...
So you went next door and bought an assault rifle instead?
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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

If they refuse to sell you beer, then ask for a bottle of Kirsch explaining that your granny has a soar throat and she needs to gurgle it regularly.
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They choose to have a simple general rule rather than have the two age restrictions allowed by law in some nearly all cantons.
FTFY.

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My 10 year old step-son (now 33 1/2) was shocked the first time he went to a shop in Wallis to buy me a beer, and they wouldn't serve him!

Especially odd as there was no problem when he was 9!

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Cool story bro.
Tom's quite right; a few decades ago shops would happily sell beer to youngsters without a qualm.
I remember being surprised when visiting a friend who'd recently arrived in Geneva from Germany (would have been 1980'ish) and she sent her lad of around ten off to the Coop to buy beer for his father. I said they'd never serve him, she said he went most days and had never had a problem. You could have knocked me down with a feather when he came back with a six-pack of beer.
It would never have occurred to me to send one of my boys off to buy drink at such a young age and I still feel guilty now when they take me shopping and I ask if we could possibly pop into the off-license for a bottle (or six) of wine!
Legislation about selling alcohol to minors was tightened up a few years later, but oddly the rules about selling fireworks took quite a bit longer.
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Tom's quite right; a few decades ago shops would happily sell beer to youngsters without a qualm.
I remember being surprised when visiting a friend who'd recently arrived in Geneva from Germany (would have been 1980'ish) and she sent her lad of around ten off to the Coop to buy beer for his father. I said they'd never serve him, she said he went most days and had never had a problem. You could have knocked me down with a feather when he came back with a six-pack of beer.
It would never have occurred to me to send one of my boys off to buy drink at such a young age and I still feel guilty now when they take me shopping and I ask if we could possibly pop into the off-license for a bottle (or six) of wine!
Legislation about selling alcohol to minors was tightened up a few years later, but oddly the rules about selling fireworks took quite a bit longer.
Actually, step-son went to do it as a surprise for me, and was upset when they turned him (a fellow Swiss-German) down!

A couple decades ago, I asked a couple of friends who were ZH Kripos what the drinking age was here, and they told me that there was no such thing!

Tom

P.S. Kripo = Kriminal Polizei, the guys who look like bums and put their fully loaded SigSauers on top of the fridge when they come by for dinner.
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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Don't think it would have occurred to my two at that age, even if they are often more Swiss than the Swiss. And later if they could/did get their mucky little paws on some booze they'd have drunk it themselves. But that's normal for teenagers.
Just surprising to some of us that in the past the shops took as normal selling beer to kids.

Kids have no staying power mind you, my youngest (nearly 34) is back home for a few days and crawled off to bed over an hour ago.... his ancient mother meanwhile is busy watching ghost stories on the tv.
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Kids have no staying power mind you, my youngest (nearly 34) is back home for a few days
My youngest (23 in two days) is thinking of moving back here after a couple years in LA!

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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Good luck with that then!!!
You'll enjoy having him home really, just make sure he does a share of the housework.

#2 son (the one that's here are the moment) has just moved into the same village as Medea Fleecestealer. I'm finagling for him to become her problem. Kidding in case she's listening....

He's planning on being here several days a week though over the next few months.... rebuilding one of his Mini and most of the tools are still in my garage. Love him to bits really, but being mostly English don't tell him often enough.
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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Nope, another girl, who wants to move in with her sister in AG!

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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

Of course, silly me. You've mentioned her several times in the past.

Nice when they feel happy to come home though, rather than simply moving half the world away.... and staying away!
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Tom's quite right; a few decades ago shops would happily sell beer to youngsters without a qualm.
I remember being surprised when visiting a friend who'd recently arrived in Geneva from Germany (would have been 1980'ish) and she sent her lad of around ten off to the Coop to buy beer for his father. I said they'd never serve him, she said he went most days and had never had a problem. You could have knocked me down with a feather when he came back with a six-pack of beer.
It would never have occurred to me to send one of my boys off to buy drink at such a young age and I still feel guilty now when they take me shopping and I ask if we could possibly pop into the off-license for a bottle (or six) of wine!
Legislation about selling alcohol to minors was tightened up a few years later, but oddly the rules about selling fireworks took quite a bit longer.
It's a cultural difference. In Germany is beer hardly considered as "alcohol" and it's totally normal that ten year olds will go and get some bottles from the corner shop for their dads. When I had an high school exchange with the U.K. At 14 and the English kids found out they could get the stuff did they go absolutely crazy while we never felt the need to binge drink that much as it was always available...
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My 10 year old step-son (now 33 1/2) was shocked the first time he went to a shop in Wallis to buy me a beer, and they wouldn't serve him!

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Re: Buying alcohol in Coop.

imagine you are buying alcohol from your mum.

Thats how it appears to me to operate.

Heaps of respect. And be patient. They wait for you to come and tolerate, not them. Home rules sort ot thing.

Yes yes I like many others got to taste the froth from the beer that my dad freshly poured. But here dad is the coop girl.

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