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Convenience store chain requires I.D. to purchase energy drinks

(Source: David Zhang) (Source: David Zhang)

(WMC-TV) - A convenience store chain is now asking for identification before you can buy energy drinks. What makes this even more interesting: there is no law regulating who can purchase the drinks. The chain is now defending its stance.

Jason Anderson works two jobs. Being active for more than 12 hours a day, he says he needs an extra boost from time to time.

"They do the job, keeps me going," he said. Jason prefers the energy shots as opposed to anything in a can.

"I switched from the red bull drink over to the five hour energy cause I was told it's got more vitamins," he explained.

He's right. The energy shots do have more vitamins, but sometimes, its too much.

For example, an entire 30 millimeter bottle of MiO energy contains 120 percent of the daily value for vitamins B6 and B12. Other shots contain much higher percentages.

That concerns some doctors.

"You could end up with toxicity from B vitamins. Numbness, tingling, and neurological disorders," said Dr. Louis Krenn. "One little shot can have as much caffeine in them as a large cup of coffee and most people don't stop there."

Tuesday, Jason did not stop there.

As an adult, he made the decision to buy two energy shots.

But at Casey's General Store chains, minors cannot even buy one energy shot.

"It just doesn't feel right. We consider ourselves a family friendly retailer," said Brian Johnson, Casey's General Stores.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office confirms there is no legal age limit on the purchase of energy drinks. Still, if you want to buy an energy shot at Casey's, the chain does require you to be 18 years old or older.

"Below the age of 18 basically sometimes they don't make the best decisions, it's not the fact that one shot has more caffeine than a cup of coffee, it's the fact they could buy five of them and make a very concentrated drink and drink it all at once," said Johnson.

Casey's General Stores I.D. for only a select few energy drinks, not all of them.

"It's just one of those things, it doesn't feel right to sell to kids, so we made the decision not to do it," added Johnson.

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