So this is a guck customers AND coworkers story, and happened a little while ago at my first retail job.
I was helping behind the counter (it was a small, local corner shop), when a women asks for a packet of cigarettes. She looks a little young, but good god, she got so angry! “What?! You think I’m under 18?! Look, here are my car keys, I’ve got a car! Just give me the cigarettes!”
Bearing in mind you can drive from the age of 17 (in the U.K., where I am), but you need to be 18 to buy cigarettes, and it’s Challenge 21 anyway. Then the kicker - “I’m PREGNANT, do you really think I’m under 18???”
And I mean, I’m not one to judge what people are buying, but if you’re trying to buy cigarettes - don’t use your pregnancy as supposed proof of your age!!! And all that made me really flustered, so I asked my coworker (an older woman, who’d worked in the industry for a while), but she just shrugged, like “you made the call, I’m not going to help you out here”.
In the end, I managed to (almost crying) make it clear that the customer would need ID to buy cigarettes. She obviously didn’t have it on her (or wasn’t 18 at all), so stormed out with the rest of her shopping. Laughed about it afterwards with coworker, but she was completely useless during the event.
TL;DR Don’t try and use your pregnancy as proof of age when buying cigarettes. Just… don’t.