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Slave to the Phone
03-03-2015, 07:57 PM
I stopped at the local quick-mart and was in line behind someone buying beer. He looked to me to be in his early 30s, but I'm terrible with age. The cashier carded him. He looked shocked and said "Are you really carding me?" The cashier got that look on her face that showed she expected him to fly off the handle but repeated that she needed to see his ID. I mentally prepared myself to defend her but he surprised us both!

He pulled out his ID and handed it to her while saying "I can't believe you are actually carding ME! I guess leaning over the counter and giving you a big kiss would be out of line, but can I give you this?" and handed her a 20. When she refused the money, he told her that she had made his day. No, she had made his week. No, she had made his whole year! He almost skipped out the door with his beer and all we heard as he left was him saying in a sing song voice "I got carded for be-er! I got carded for be-er!"

The cashier and I watched him skip out in silence then gave each other a flabbergasted look and burst out laughing. :lol:

03-03-2015, 08:19 PM
Well, that's how being carded should be reacted to. Treat it like a compliment!

03-03-2015, 10:23 PM
I'm old enough that I never get carded anymore, unless they're carding everyone. I think the last time I got carded was when I was 37 or so, and even that was a surprise. I'm sure the bartender thought I was going to flip out when she saw the look of confusion on my face, but I just said, "OK", and got out my ID.

She looked at it, looked at me, looked at it again, and looked at me again. Then she handed it back and apologized. I told her, "Don't apologize, you just made my night!"

03-03-2015, 11:16 PM
LOL I have had the exact same reaction to being carded as the guy in the OP did :D :lol:

Lace Neil Singer
03-04-2015, 10:49 AM
Lol, I once IDed a woman for cigarettes. She gave me a huge grin, then handed over her driving license. I checked it and almost dropped it in shock; she was forty years old. I said, "I'm really sorry, it's just that you look under twenty five."

She replied, "Don't apologise, that's fantastic! I can't wait to tell my husband!"

03-04-2015, 01:13 PM
Seriously, being carded is a great thing, unless you're under the age of 21. I expect to be carded every time I buy something that is age restricted, but... nope. :(

03-04-2015, 01:42 PM
I'm 42 and still get carded when I buy age restricted items. Hell, I remember when I was in university I had a prof that was convinced I was way younger than I am - she thought I was at most 25, and when I spoke about my son that I was referring to a toddler. When I told her that she went to the same university she was convinced that I was referring to the on-site daycare center...until she met him for the first time. That is when she finally believed I was as old as I was telling her I was!

It's funny really because when my mother was my age she looked way older. But then she also smoked like a chimney until she was 45.

An Haddock
03-04-2015, 03:08 PM
Can't remember if I ever posted this but around 19 years ago I was working with a guy who did lightbulb replacements, flags and streamers for car dealerships. I was around 24 but looked younger when fresh-shaven.

We stopped into a liquor store one morning to pick up some drinks. I was buying a 12-pack of root beer. The girl behind the counter asked me for ID.

It took me by surprise. I said, "Err... really? For this?"
"I have to ask for everyone's ID?"
"Even for this?"
"I have to ask, it's the law."

She still hadn't bothered to take a close look at my purchase.

"You're IDing me for buying root beer?"

Finally she realized why I was confused and she apologized. We both laughed it off.

I don't mind giving my ID but if it's for a silly reason I'm going to at least question it.

03-04-2015, 05:54 PM
I don't mind giving my ID but if it's for a silly reason I'm going to at least question it.

Same here. The place I buy most of my cigarettes was recently sold to a different company. They kept the same employees, most of whom recognized me because I am there several times a week. When they asked me for ID, I showed it without a fuss but looked at the clerk and said "Really?" She told me that she had to card EVERYONE now, and that her manager had made her ID a 90 year old woman for a tobacco purchase. :eek::roll:

The only time being asked for ID made me angry was at a Mart of Wall. It's extremely obvious that I am well past 18, and had my (at the time) 17 year old carbon copy with me, and they made me show ID for an R rated movie. I griped to a friend of mine who was one of the head cashiers in that store and she said " You don't even have to tell me who, we get complaints all day long on her for that very same thing."

Lace Neil Singer
03-04-2015, 08:01 PM
The problem is that if a cashier is done for selling to an underage person, they are the ones who get punished, not the underage customer. So perhaps an overzealous cashier has been reprimanded before.

03-04-2015, 08:17 PM
I used to work at Target. One time we had a glitch in the system and it was asking us for ID for Pepsi. Our supervisors just told us to put in any bd. We joked that it was a plot by Coke;).

03-05-2015, 03:23 AM
Twice now in the last month I have been carded for cigs at Wally World. Both times I went with the surprised "say wha??" which made the cashiers get the uh oh look, but I gladly handed it over, giggling and thanking them. I do look younger than my age, but not THAT young!

BTW..I am on the extreme dark side of 48..yeah, happy dance all day after that!

03-05-2015, 04:22 AM
I used to work at Target. One time we had a glitch in the system and it was asking us for ID for Pepsi. Our supervisors just told us to put in any bd. We joked that it was a plot by Coke;).

Sometimes it depends on how the SKU is programmed.

I once got carded right before New Year's Eve for buying - wait for it - a bottle of "kiddy bubbly" (basically carbonated apple juice in a champagne bottle) that had a big "ZERO ALCOHOL" label on it.
I handed over ID, no biggie, but I asked the manager (as I was just curious), and he grinned and answered that since it was kept in the wine aisle, the system rang it up as an alcoholic item. Normally they just override the prompt, but the cashier was new and didn't know how to.

Lace Neil Singer
03-05-2015, 02:04 PM
Back when I was on checkouts, the ID prompt came up for... {drum roll} ... teaspoons. Yes, that's right; teaspoons. Basically, every single cutlery item scanned would have the prompt come up. Tho I don't recall a single customer who made a fuss about it; they all thought it hilarious.

03-05-2015, 02:33 PM
... the ID prompt came up for... {drum roll} ... teaspoons...
Ya gotta cook yer heroin...

Slave to the Phone
03-05-2015, 09:12 PM
I work at the cent department store, so don't sell booze or cigs. Policy is that if someone uses a credit card for a purchase of over $50 we are to ask for ID. I've never had anyone get upset about that, often they thank me. Once of my co-workers gets yelled at about it on a regular basis. I don't get it, she is always polite about it. Maybe its because she is so young?

Once my Dad and I were driving through New Mexico and stopped at a motel. Next stop was to pick up some cigs and beer for me and fruit juice for Dad. I got carded. I know I gave the cashier a WTF look because I know I look much older than 25, because I am much older than 25. She told me that the law required that they card EVERYONE! I showed her my ID for the cigs and put the beer back in the cooler.

Then I went out to the truck, lit a cigarette and told my almost 70 year old father that I had forgotten the beer, could he go get it for me because I had just lit up. He came out with a BIG smile on his face and maybe if he could dance, he would have been :)

03-05-2015, 09:55 PM
My favorite ID story is the time I was nearly an SC. My youngest son is disabled, and as such has a handicapped parking permit. State law requires that permit holders have state ID, so he has one and I keep it in my wallet right behind my own license. Generally, when I get carded, I just hold my wallet up, since the window is nice and clear and it's easier to do that than to dig it out (it's a little tricky to get out.) Anyway, apparently I had my license out at some point, and when I put it back, it went behind my son's ID instead of in front of it.

So, the cashier asked for my ID and in my exhausted haze, I just opened my wallet and showed it to her. She said something to the effect of "ummmmmm, that's not your ID", and I was about to get mad and go all SC, but at the last second I flipped my wallet around and saw that the kid's ID was showing. I got all embarrassed and pulled my own ID out, and we all got a good laugh about it.

So, for future reference, you can't buy age restricted items with your 12 year old kid's ID, even if it is state issued.

Lace Neil Singer
03-05-2015, 10:49 PM
Whenever people do that to me, I always ask nicely if I can feel behind the card. Why? Well, a friend of mine who works behind a bar told me that once a girl tried to get served by flashing a purse with an ID showing thru a plastic window. My friend couldn't see it properly as the girl kept flashing it, and eventually she stuck out a hand, stopped the purse's progress thru the air and put her fingers behind the ID. It was made of paper. Yes, it was a photocopy.

The same friend once had to confiscate a driving license off a teenage boy who'd nicked his sister's ID to try and get served at the bar. He obviously believed that no-one bothers to look at ID closely. My friend looked, saw that the face on the driving license was of a girl and the person trying to use it for ID was a boy and confiscated it, telling the boy that his sister could come to the bar and claim her driving license any time as long as she brought along her passport. How did my friend know it was his sister? By his heart felt cry of "My sister's gonna kill me!" XD

03-06-2015, 12:27 AM
Oh, I have absolutely no problem fishing it out if I'm asked, and I keep my wallet still so the clerk can get a good look if they don't ask for me to fish it out. It's just really difficult to get it out, and a few times I've had a clerk joke around that they now see why I didn't want to pull it out. For whatever reason, the plastic on that part is really sticky. I really don't look like I'm under 30, so most of the time they're just asking as a matter of policy and only taking a quick peek anyway.

Oddly, in recent years it's become a problem to have my kids with me when I purchase age restricted items. I get the whole "everybody in a group needs to be of age", line of thought, but it's really, really irritating to have to make a separate trip to the grocery store to buy wine or beer just because I have my teenagers with me during my normal shopping trip. I'm never going to bitch directly to the cashier, but boy do I hate the policy when it's applied like that.

03-06-2015, 02:18 AM
The same friend once had to confiscate a driving license off a teenage boy who'd nicked his sister's ID to try and get served at the bar. He obviously believed that no-one bothers to look at ID closely.

Kid was a moron. Don't know what English law is on the subject (i.e. if they're a protected class), but if he'd had the balls he'd have LOUDLY accused your friend of discriminating against F-to-M transsexuals.

Lace Neil Singer
03-06-2015, 12:47 PM
Kid was a moron. Don't know what English law is on the subject (i.e. if they're a protected class), but if he'd had the balls he'd have LOUDLY accused your friend of discriminating against F-to-M transsexuals.

Probably wouldn't have worked, given that one of the locals of that bar was a male to female trans. XD I went there a couple of times to see my friend, and said local was so beautiful, I wouldn't have known she was born with a male body just by looking. I would have bet she would have had something to say had the kid tried to pull that card. :lol:

And then I would be cursing the fact that I didn't have it on film. XD

03-08-2015, 07:42 PM
I was in a shop today listening to one cashier explaining that you can alter the DOB on a driving licence with a very fine tipped brush, but don't try it with a passport, you need to change it in two places. I did ask my mother what happened to turning up early before they started ID'ing people?

I don't think the employees heard me (I didn't intend for them to hear either) but I'm still curious.

03-08-2015, 08:14 PM
Ya gotta cook yer heroin...

I thought that was meth . . .:p

As for the ID thing, it's been quite a few years since I've been asked. I guess my gray is showing more these days.

*makes note on phone reminders app to get hair appointment ASAP*

Blue Ginger
03-09-2015, 01:33 PM
The last two times I got ID'd wasn't for booze or anything, it was for buying seasons 4 & 5 of Trueblood.

It is rated R18+ in Oz and both times, about 12 months apart, I got asked for ID. Since I was 27 and 28 when it happened, I was just happy that someone thought I might be too young, like 10 years too young. Still makes me giggle though.

03-10-2015, 02:59 AM
I got carded on my 50th birthday. Totally made my day!

03-10-2015, 04:20 AM
I was horrified when I was buying beer and didn't get carded. I'm 30 but still... It's upsetting. I took my Id out and the girl who looked like she was under 21 barely looked at me and said "I don't need it." OUCH!

I LOVE being carded. :D

03-10-2015, 05:03 AM
Two of my uncles are half-brothers about 10-15 years apart in age. One time, they went to buy alcohol and each had his own purchase. Older uncle got carded, younger one didn't. :D

03-18-2015, 12:04 AM
I have an aunt who was carded 'til she was 40. I can recall a story some of my hall mates told back in the '80's: It seems some liquor stores will card regardless of the item and they had to produce an ID for some soda and salty snacks.