SHOULD there be a minimum age set for buying coffee?
I am aware of the following requirements to show proof of age:
- 17 for a Learners’ Permit or Drivers’ License (depending on the state)
- 18 to vote, purchase cigarettes, consent to a tattoo (again, states may vary, this pertains to NY and NJ), apply for a job without working papers, and volunteer for active duty
- 21 to drink
- 25 for your insurance rates to reduce and some of the 25-and-older places for drinking
On my way to work this morning, I passed 3 different children (CHILDREN! To my adult eye, they were 6, 7 and the last one was IN A STROLLER!) drinking Starbucks Iced Coffees. I am an iced coffee drinker. Believe me, these were not any of the items from the “Kids Drinks & Others” menu
They ALL looked like this
Now, I am not a puritan, I am merely an observer of life. In my observations I have learned that children should not drink coffee. If you allow your child to drink coffee, you waive the right to ever say your child is hyper, uncontrollable, has ADD/ADHD, etc.
Here is a little piece I found when trying to find my images for this post:
How young is too young for a child to drink caffeine? Coffee in particular…?
So, I ask….
I would LOVE to hear YOUR thoughts on this!