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[–] acheron2012 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm a bit conflicted on this one. I do believe as a business they have a right to refuse to serve ANYONE. The right of free association is a basic human right - second only to personal property rights, without which there are no other rights at all.

Thus philosophically I am fine with them refusing service to people based on age just as I am with discrimination (because lets call it what it is) based on race or sex. YOUR coffee. YOU get to decide who to sell it to.

But that's not the world we live in. In our upside down world the government assigns acceptable discrimination based on political brownie points. This system is fatally immoral at its very root.

It is not moral to force association against free will. If it is possible to go into negative numbers in the scale of morality then mandated legal discrimination on out-group peoples is indeed worse.

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[–] RedHawk [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Good points. I guess to me the main problem with this is that there is no solid medical evidence that coffee (moderate) consumption is harmful to young people under 16.

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[–] PraiseIPU 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There is warning labels on some energy drinks in the states.

"Should not be used by anyone under 18"

16 seems fair. About about a sugar limit too?

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[–] RedHawk [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ive seen the energy drink labels in loads of countries. I started drinking coffee at around 12ish and ive never had problems ordering coffee for my 13 year old nephew. Guess the UK is really different.

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[–] derram 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

https://files.catbox.moe/x2aelx.png :

Costa Coffee stores can now refuse to sell caffeinated drinks to under-16s | The Independent


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