Lowe’s Just Says No to Under 21s

May 14, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer, has backtracked somewhat on a sales ban of inhalants to anyone under 21 in its stores, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The retailer’s policy originally restricted sale of approximately 2,000 items but has since cut that back to 1,200 products after receiving complaints from consumers.

When a shopper attempts to purchase a restricted product such as paint thinner, for example, cashiers are given a prompt by the register to verify the customer’s age.

Lowe’s policy is said to go beyond the requirements of many of the 38 states that have statutes outlawing inhaling household chemicals to get high.

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on Lowe’s
Under 21 Inhalant Policy?

Had this law existed when we first entered college, we
would have had a hard time paying tuition, since we made money during the summers
doing home painting and other household fixes.

With the disparities in laws from state to state, Lowe’s
really had no choice but to come up with a single umbrella policy. It and other
retailers shouldn’t be in this position.

If you are old enough to drive, own a gun, go to war,
vote and live out in the world on your own, then you should be old enough to
buy turpentine. Some will use it for purposes other than those intended by the
manufacturer. That is a human tragedy as well as a crime.

Freedom has its risks. In a free society, some people
will do things to hurt themselves and others. Many others, however, will find
a nobler calling. Too many (under 21) have given their lives to preserve freedom.
Should those who sacrifice so much be denied the same freedom of choice the
rest of us enjoy? [George
Anderson – Moderator

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