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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

Starbucks Iced Coffee

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….

Should there be a minimum age restriction?

I would LOVE to hear YOUR thoughts on this!