Pete and Jeff and most of the other British bloggers I follow regularly trash the JD Wetherspoon chain. I may never have the chance to go to one but this story from Portsmouth, England gives us all another reason never go if you could:
Two Marines were refused entry to their local pub the day after fighting on the frontline in Afghanistan because their military ID wasn't good enough. Dan Buchanan and Kelvin Billings were gagging for a homecoming pint and brandished their ID - which includes their date of birth - when they were stopped at the door. But the pair were then stunned to be told it was not acceptable. Buchanan, 21, said: "I was putting my life on the line for Britain a day before and that didn't count for anything. We were disgusted and angry."... A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said it only accepts a passport, driving licence or UK citizen card as valid ID.
I am a little surprised that beer and the military seems to have become a minor theme around here. I wonder if it is because we are an army town here, too, and I am used to seeing young people in camouflage walking around town and sitting in the pubs all the time. Plus, there is nothing more irritating that an organization deciding that it will determine when you are what you plainly are in law and in fact. These two people were clearly of age, were able to identify themselves as being in "their local" and likely could have established their age in a bazillion different ways - never mind the fact that they were just back from the front and likely ought to not have paid for one beer that night. Shame.
So, like them, why not consider yourself barred by Wetherspoon as well. Badge of honour as far as I can tell.