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30 reasons why getting under-40s to show their IC at 7-Eleven is good policy

Because no one in Singapore actually looks their age.

Martino Tan | December 4, 2013 @ 02:50 am

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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

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2. Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong

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3. Opposition MP Pritam Singh 

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4. Wong Li-lin, actress and the founder of exercising tool Loopz Fitness band

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5. MediaCorp actor Terence Cao

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6. MediaCorp actress Ann Kok

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7. Stage actor and comedian Hossan Leong

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8. MediaCorp actress Cynthia Koh

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9. Former MediaCorp actress Ivy Lee

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10. Blogger Mr Brown (Lee Kin Mun)

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11. Supermodel and entreprenuer Nadya Hutagalung

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12. Mediacorp actor and host Edmund Chen

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13. Singer song-writer Corrinne May

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14. Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin

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15. Singer and actress Kit Chan

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16. Opposition MP Muhamad Faisal

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17. Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling

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18. National team football player Qiu Li

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19. Rapper and actor Sheikh Haikel

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20. Straits Times Associate Editor Sumiko Tan

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21. Singa the Courtesy Lion, who resigned early this year.
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22. NUS Students’ Union President Soh Yi Da

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23. Theatre director, actress and entreprenuer Beatrice Chia-Richmond

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24. Mediacorp actor Chen Han Wei

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25. Radio deejay, actor and variety show host Dennis Chew 

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26. Mediacorp manager Sharon Au

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27. Mediacorp actor Tay Ping Hui

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28. Dua M Creative Director Najib Ali

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29. Serina Wee from City Harvest

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30. Former national table-tennis player Wang Yuegu

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Answers:

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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About Martino Tan

Martino’s parents named him after an Italian priest, Vatican's 1st ambassador to S’pore. He's inspired by the lives of Robert Kennedy & Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the words of George Orwell & William F. Buckley Jr., & the music of the Beatles.

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