MAJOR Brit cafe chain Costa Coffee is banning teenagers under 16 from buying caffeinated drinks.
The huge coffee brand has confirmed stores are being allowed to stop serving teenagers caffeine.
It said individual stores are also able to decide if they went to question a customer’s age.
The chain has hundreds of stores across the UK, and some cafes have already started challenging youngsters and refusing to serve.
One dad fumed last weekend when his 12-year-old daughter was turned down at a Costa Coffee cafe in Conwy, Wales.
“We do not encourage the sale of caffeine to children under 16”
Costa Coffee spokesman
“I had never heard of Costa doing this before, her older sister has often bought her own drinks at Costa before,” he told the Daily Post.
“This is as an occasional treat rather than regular coffee drinking and a lot of Costa drinks do seem to be aimed at younger people.
“They should be clear with their policy, they either serve under 16s or not, rather than just being at the discretion of particular places. Then people know where they stand.
“If they are concerned about health then perhaps they should they also stop selling cakes or high calorie drinks to overweight children because obesity is a far more serious health issue in this country than caffeine consumption.”
A Costa Coffee spokesman confirmed they do not encourage the sale of caffeine to children under 16.
He added: “It is at store discretion to question a customer’s age if they have any concerns.
“Our advertising is not directed at children and you must be 16 or above to own a Costa Club Card.
“Caffeine information is available upon request should a customer wish to know the level of caffeine in their favourite Costa coffee.”
Many major Brit supermarkets nationwide have already banned the sale of energy drinks to under 16s in a nationwide crackdown.
Experts are concerned the high levels of sugar and caffeine can cause long-term health problems, with some describing them as “readily available legal highs”.