Source: Straits Times, 30 Nov 2013
In the latest policy that displays nothing but evil genius: If you look younger than 40 years old, lo and behold, you are required to produce your identification card (IC) before you can purchase cigarettes or alcohol at all 7-Eleven stores.
7-Eleven counter staff are instructed to ask patrons to produce their ICs to verify their age and the staff will then record their birth dates in the computer system.
This is a trial by Dairy Farm Singapore, the owner of 530 7-Eleven stores, to stop underage youngsters from obtaining the good stuff.
But look past the goody-two-shoes intention, you will realise that this is perhaps how 7-Eleven is actually trying to a) keep a record of who buys what b) flatter the hell out of its customers who are old but look young and c) not hurt the feelings of those who look older than they really are.
Because by some manner of sorcery, almost no one in Singapore actually looks their age.
Many look way younger than their chronological age. And then there are those who picked the shorter end of the genetic stick.
We can only sympathise with the counter staff of the 7-Eleven stores, as they have to navigate this treacherous terrain of guessing the ages of Singaporeans.
You can see for yourselves. Below are 30 people who don't look their age. Try hazarding a guess as to how old they really are.
(You will fail. Therefore, we have included their real ages right at the bottom.)
1. MediaCorp actor Zheng Ge Ping
2. Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong
3. Opposition MP Pritam Singh
4. Wong Li-lin, actress and the founder of exercising tool Loopz Fitness band
5. MediaCorp actor Terence Cao
6. MediaCorp actress Ann Kok
7. Stage actor and comedian Hossan Leong
8. MediaCorp actress Cynthia Koh
9. Former MediaCorp actress Ivy Lee
10. Blogger Mr Brown (Lee Kin Mun)
11. Supermodel and entreprenuer Nadya Hutagalung
12. Mediacorp actor and host Edmund Chen
13. Singer song-writer Corrinne May
14. Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin
15. Singer and actress Kit Chan
16. Opposition MP Muhamad Faisal
17. Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling
18. National team football player Qiu Li
19. Rapper and actor Sheikh Haikel
20. Straits Times Associate Editor Sumiko Tan
21. Singa the Courtesy Lion, who resigned early this year.
22. NUS Students' Union President Soh Yi Da
23. Theatre director, actress and entreprenuer Beatrice Chia-Richmond
Source: Fly Entertainment
24. Mediacorp actor Chen Han Wei
25. Radio deejay, actor and variety show host Dennis Chew
26. Mediacorp manager Sharon Au
Source: New Nation
27. Mediacorp actor Tay Ping Hui
28. Dua M Creative Director Najib Ali
29. Serina Wee from City Harvest
Source: New Nation
30. Former national table-tennis player Wang Yuegu
1. Zheng Ge Ping: 49 years old
2. Lawrence Wong: 39 years old
3. Pritam Singh: 37 years old
4. Wong Li-lin: 41 years old
5. Terence Cao: 45 years old
6. Ann Kok: 40 years old
7. Hossan Leong: 44 years old
8. Cynthia Koh: 39 years old
9. Ivy Lee: 40 years old
10. Mr Brown: 43 years old
11. Nadya Hutagalung: 39 years old
12. Edmund Chen: 52 years old
13. Corrine May: 40 years old
14. Tan Chuan-Jin: 44 years old
15. Kit Chan: 41 years old
16. Muhamad Faisal: 38 years old
17. Low Yen Ling: 39 years old
18. Qiu Li: 32 years old
19. Sheikh Haikel: 38 years old
20. Sumiko Tan: 47 years old
21. Singa the Courtesy Lion: 31 years old
22. Soh Yi Da: 24 years old
23. Beatrice Chia-Richmond: 39 years old
24. Chen Han Wei: 44 years old
25. Dennis Chew: 40 years old
26. Sharon Au: 37 years old
27. Tay Ping Hui: 43 years old
28. Najib Ali: 48 years old
29. Serina Wee: 36 years old
30. Wang Yuegu: 33 years old
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