Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault

I decided to search the vault this week for Crybabies. My search of our 12 year old database returned an unbeleivable 5670 results which I think you will all agree is quite a few crybabies.

I have chosen an interesting one from January 2014 with the headline:

Schreibaby der Woche

Cry baby: Jonathan Pielmeier, German.
CHARLOTTE CURD / Taranaki Daily News (edited)

CHARLOTTE CURD / Taranaki Daily News (edited)

The Incident:

Jonathan Pielmeier, 21, thought an official German identity card would be enough when he tried to buy alcohol at a New Plymouth Countdown.

The card is an official and compulsory document recognised in most European Union countries, and displays a replica of the ID page of his international passport.

“I wanted to buy a packet of beer, they said ‘I know you’re old enough, but your ID doesn’t count,” he said.

However Lloyd Crow, the manager of enforcement at the New Plymouth District Council, said the law states shoppers who appear under 18 must provide a current passport, New Zealand drivers licence, or an approved age card.

The law has been the same since 1989, with a slight change in wording made in 2012.

“Not all tourists are aware of New Zealand laws. Is that how we should be treating them?”

The appropriate response:  

“Oh”, says Jonathan, “I didn’t realise that.  One moment, I’ll show my passport”.

The actual response:  

Runs to the Taranaki Daily News where he finds Schreibaby enabler Jenna Houhton, contemplating a career in a call centre due to boredom, more than happy to take on his plight – ably assisted by local busy body Anthea Poulton.

New Plymouth woman Anthea Poulton who was at the supermarket with Mr Pielmeier said she was just as confused as he was when check-out staff refused him. “They said ‘you have to have a New Zealand ID’ and he’s like ‘I’m German’.”

The 21-year-old tourist is travelling around New Zealand on a bicycle, with a surfboard attached to the back.

It was the second time he had been refused alcohol in New Zealand, and Ms Poulton said it had also happened to a number of her homestay guests in the past. Ms Poulton tried to buy the six-pack after her guest was refused but was also denied.

Ms Poulton suggested the supermarkets better advertise the laws, particularly as many don’t speak English.

A Countdown spokesman said the store had this information displayed around the checkouts and on the wall so customers were aware.

Questions for Herr Pielmeier:  Do you expect Kiwis to walk into Germany and partake in age restricted activities based on a NZ local identity card?  If it happened to you before, you dumkopf, why didn’t you take your passport this time?  Why did your new best friend Anthea Poulton not buy it for you, and you just reimburse her?  And finally…

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