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