'I'm still getting asked for ID at the age of 50 - it's the best thing ever'

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A mum was over-the-moon to be asked for ID when she went to buy tobacco - despite being 50. Mum-of-two Abbi Franklin had been struggling with her age after turning 50 in March.

But things changed when she popped into a Co-op convenience store near her home in Guilford, Surrey, last week. The till worker insisted Abbi show him ID before he would allow her to pay for the tobacco she wanted.

Abbi - whose daughters are aged 17 and 23 - had to leave the store to collect her handbag she'd left with her youngest. She said: "It was great - my best day ever! I've been bouncing all week because of this."

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"I just kept saying 'you're joking'. And he kept going 'no, I need to see ID'. It was lucky really - I don't usually take my ID out with me."

Abbi, who can't work due to ill health, said people often say she looks young, but usually older than 35.