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Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

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Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

I Just took my kids to a local Discount Store
&
Was surprised to see a sign that read
We regularly test for Drugs & Alcohol
Are they allowed to do so ?Huh
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

If you are an employee.. Probably
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

The sign seems to imply visitors to the store can / will be subject to such testing
I meant to add that next time I am @ the store I'll take a pic of the sign., If I remember
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

its possible they can under child endangerment laws if your in control of a minor or on public safety grounds if your clearly out of it and letting you on your way would be likely to cause harm to others, but most likely its a reminder to staff that random compulsory testing will be conducted at management discretion (my workplace used to have such signs up all over the place) ask them about it next time your there Smiley
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

They can't randomly test the public, it's not illegal to drink and Smiley
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

As dvorak says, no they can't. Only the police can forcibly test a person for drink / drugs.
Private companies have no right to do this - except for some such as rail, bus and airline operators where public safety of passengers is paramount but even then they can only test their staff - not the public.
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

I wider if it is a badly worded sign meaning the will want to verify your age for items such as drugs (medicines) and alcohol purchases?
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

Yes they can, if it's in your contract
http://www.hseni.gov.uk/guidance/topics/drugs_and_alcohol1/what_an_employer_can_do.htm
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Quote from: dvorak
Yes they can, if it's in your contract
http://www.hseni.gov.uk/guidance/topics/drugs_and_alcohol1/what_an_employer_can_do.htm

Yes.. but you technically are agreeing to that. They can't just suddenly come up to you one day and insist they stab you with a hyperdermic needle.
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its possible they can under child endangerment laws if your in control of a minor or on public safety grounds

Nope. Nobody except the police can forcibly extract a sample of your breath or blood. Even then it must be done by a qualified medical professional. Imagine the problems we'd face if the manager of your local Tesco was allowed to randomly walk up to people and stick a needle in them with absolutely no training  Roll eyes
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Re: Can a shop Legally test you for drugs / alcohol ??

I suppose a urine test would also be out of the equation then ?Huh
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Well, that'd just be taking the.... Wink

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...Micheal ?Huh