In socially liberal Norway, just as in the US, it's illegal for children of 14 or 15 to buy alcoholic beverages. But that didn't stop two boys in suburban Oslo from exploiting a promotion by a grocery-store chain that offered customers a bonus if they could find any products on its shelves with expired "freshness" dates. Earlier this week, the teens wheeled up to a cashier shopping carts stuffed with 280 cans of a popular brand of beer they aren't old enough to purchase but that already were past the best-if-consumed-by point. The clerks, store manager, police, and the boys' parents all concluded that no effort had been made to leave the premises with the suds, so the reward - the combined retail value of the cans, or $1,030 - should be paid.
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