A local department store that asked a 73-year-old man to prove he was over 18 when buying fishing tackle claims it was only a joke.
It happened when John Payne, a great-grandfather of nine, went to buy a fishing catapult at the Original Factory Shop, in Melksham, Wiltshire.
Mr Payne, from Calne in Wiltshire, could hardly believe his ears hen the shop assistant insisted on seeing valid IDbefore completing the sale.
"At first I thought that she was just trying to be humorous," Mr Payne told the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald.
"But when I cheekily replied 'do I look 18?' she asked if I could prove it, and then asked me to verify this with some form of identification.â
"At this point I realised that she was in fact being serious."
We take the sale of such potentially harmful goods very seriously.
Original Dactory Shop spokesman
Mr Payne added: "As much as I am not impartial to a little humorous flattery, on this occasion I felt extremely humiliated by the assistant's obvious lack of judgment."
A spokesman for the Original Factory Shop told Sky News Online it was only a joke and denied that Mr Payne had been required to prove his age.
"There's a prompt on the till for identification for any sharp items such as knives and catapults, as we take the sale of such potentially harmful goods very seriously,â he said.
"It was a bit of a joke between him and the assistant; he even walked out of the store laughing."
But Mr Payne, a keen angler, said he had never encountered this sort of problem before.
"I am 73 years old and have grandchildren who are probably older than the girl
serving me," he said. "I have a 50-year-old daughter for goodness sake!"