Missouri Store Cards Minors on Energy Drinks

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This store wants the drinking age for these caffeine-laden drinks to be 18 years old

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A story by a local Kansas City, Mo. news outlet says that a popular convenience store is refusing to sell energy drinks to minors. The location of Casey’s General Store, a chain founded in Iowa in 1959, is requiring IDs as a precaution, only selling products found in their “energy end cap” aisle to those 18 years old and older. There is no legal age limit to buying energy drinks in Kansas or Missouri.

The store’s concern stems largely from the high concentrations on caffeine and vitamins in the drinks. Just one energy shot can provide 120 percent of their daily value of vitamins B6 and B12, and doctors warns that vitamin B toxicity (which leads to numbness and neurological disorders) is possible with regular, excessive exposure. Casey’s does not want to be responsible for minors’ bad decisions when it comes to drinks. Brian Johnson of Casey’s General Store says, “It’s the fact [those below the age of 18] could buy five of them and make a very concentrated drink and drink it all at once.”

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Casey’s considers itself a family-friendly retailer and hopes that this regulation will prevent any danger associated with energy drinks.