In Which I Don't Act My Age

Hey Blogstalkers! I was going to write something poignant and probably life-changing but then I thought, nope, instead I will write about how I went to the grocery store today.  You are welcome.

I popped out of bed this morning bright and early, just like always or just like sometimes, one of those two.  I notice Ryan is still in bed which is odd since he is usually out the door before seven.  I contemplate how to wake him up, cymbals? face licking? putting the sheet over my head and pretending to be a ghost?  Then I remember that today is Veterans' Day which means the markets are closed which means Ryan does not have to go to work today.  And I am all "Great, he's going to be all up in my bizness today."  And then I think about ways to prevent that.

So when Ryan finally opens his eyes, after I stare at him for almost five solid minutes, I say, "That is quite the coiffure you have going on this morning.  It reminds me of when you got so addicted to Halo in college that you didn't have any time for normal things like haircuts and composing love poems for your girlfriend."  Thusly I have successfully planned Ryan's day as I now know he will make a hair appointment and then probably go buy Halo 4 and play it all day.

I pat myself on the back for being a beautiful mastermind genius.

I look in the mirror and take back the 'beautiful' part.  It is not a good hair day.  I consider taking a shower but then remember that the only thing on my agenda this morning is grocery shopping, and am like "Oh a shower before the grocery store Lauren, well aren't you just an elegant lady?"  So instead I just put on a hat and make sure my current sweat pants do not have any unfortunate holes in them as I do not want to repeat last Monday's mistakes.

I make my grocery list for the week, grab my purse and head to the store.

I methodically make my way through the store, shopping like a grown-up people do.  I pass the liquor section and think "OH I should grab some Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale because it is delicious and I am legally allowed to drink it on Chicago evenings when a frosty brew sounds like just the thing."  So I put a six pack in my cart and continue on my way.

When I get to the checkout, I place all of my items on the conveyor belt, grouping them so that produce, cold items, meats, etc are bagged together because I used to work at a grocery store which imbued me with bagging OCD and I am now weirdly anal about how things are bagged. (I don't ever like say anything to the bagger, I just group my groceries on the belt and hope for the best.)

The cashier notices the beer and asks for my ID.  I pop open my wallet and show her my driver's license, which is in a clear plastic slot.  She looks at me quizzically and says "Take it out please."  So I do.

Then the cashier and I and eventually a manager that she calls over have a conversation in which they say things like "Take off your hat please" and "You don't look 28" and"Do you have another form of ID?" and "We are not in the business of selling to minors" and I say things like "I knew I should have showered" and "I swear I'm 28.  I'm married...which is probably not pertinent" and "Right, my college ID has a different name on it, because of how I'm married now, huh it was pertinent, way to think ahead brain" and "I'm not trying to get away with anything here.  What minor would attempt to buy $150 of groceries in the hopes that a six pack of seasonal beer slips through the cracks?"

During this whole conversation the woman behind me in line is laughing into her phone about "the dumb teenager in front of her."

Finally I just give up and leave the store without the beer and, get this, also without the cooking sherry I need to make tonight's dinner.

So I stomp to my car and drive the speed limit home muttering all the way about how this is "exactly like the time that Ryan and I tried to go see an R-rated movie three years ago and I didn't have my ID and so I had to buy a ticket to 'Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience' and then try to sneak into the other movie.  Which ended unsuccessfully and with me being escorted out of the movie theater and being called a 'punk kid.'"

If I had just had to leave the beer behind, I probably would have just taken some deep breaths and unloaded my groceries and told myself to take it all as a compliment.  But taking away my cooking sherry added insult to injury plus I did actually need it.

So I grabbed my passport and went back to the store.  I yanked a cart free and filled it with beer and wine and one bottle of cooking sherry and went back to the same cashier.  The manager was called over again but this time ended with her grudgingly allowing me to purchase ALL OF THE ALCOHOL.  You could totally tell she still thought I was somehow fooling her.

I thought about saying, "I'm going to have a party tonight and invite all of my friends who are all the exact same age as I am that is why I need all of this booze." But didn't because in the end I know they were just trying to do their job well.

And then I got home and called Ryan down from playing Halo to come help me unload all of the groceries, which were still in the back of the car, along with all of my more recent purchases.

He took one look at the back of the car and said "They tried not to let you buy any alcohol so instead you bought all of the alcohol in revenge right?"

And I was like "Yes, in retrospect I realize that is somewhat backwards."

And that is the story of how Ryan and I do not have to buy alcoholic beverages for the next couple of months.  Because I thoughtfully stocked our bar today.

Wow that was an angry little rant huh?  Settle down LAUREN, am I right?  Sheesh.

94 comments:

  1. I got carded for a library card once. You had to be sixteen to get one. I was 21 and 8 months pregnant. On a positive view, yay for looking younger than you are? :)

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    1. Haha yeah. I just need to see it as a compliment, it just gets old when like they don't serve me wine at weddings.

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  2. Meg Mullendore11/12/2012

    I love it!!! I got carded at 40 and she was dead serious because she said there was no way I was older than her....when she looked at my license and then my 18 year old daughter walked up and said are you done yet mom....the clerk looked at me and said, I can only hope to look this young when I am that old, I laughed and said, "honey, 40 IS the new 20".....she didn't like that!

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    1. Haha Yay for looking younger than our ages!

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  3. Genius. I probably would have done the same thing. Especially if it was Blue Moon because then my husband couldn't get mad at me. He'd be like "Go there more often!"

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    1. I do love a good Blue Moon....it's probably too early in the day to have one now.

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    2. Meg Mullendore11/12/2012

      Lauren, its NEVER to early to have a blue moon....says the one who starts drinking at 9am when on holiday....and NO I am not a drunk, just making up for the time I wasn't able to drink due to work......

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    3. I'm home all the time though, I have to have some rules!

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  4. Megan M.11/12/2012

    I am outraged on your behalf! Especially about the lady in line behind you. But revenge alcohol buying is a total WIN. You showed 'em.

    That same thing would probably happen to me a lot more, except that I usually have my five and two-year-old children along for the ride. That makes the cashiers think, "Hot damn this teen mom needs a DRANK" and they let me slide on through. But I'm twenty-eight.

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    1. Yeah honestly I'm usually really calm about these situations. Like I know they're just trying to do their job and so I just accept it. But the lady behind me I think really riled me up today. I didn't say anything rude to anyone but that's definitely not a typical way for me to act. Oh well.

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  5. And, as I met my husband while we both worked at Walmart (Classy love story, I know!) we just got into this gigantic argument about if you have to card the whole group or just the person buying it. I think I won. I'm not entirely sure.

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    1. Oh yeah once at Walgreens they wouldn't let Ryan buy beer because I was with him and I didn't have my purse and they were positive I was not 21. But at Jewel they just card one person. I can't decide which side I would take...

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    2. He's working at Target now and they only card one person. My CSM at Walmart was pretty strict about carding and I actually had to deny someone one of those 5 hour energy drinks that you have to be 18 to buy because he didn't have his license. I've never seen anyone get so mad at me! :P Then he was like "Well, I'll just have my friend buy it for me." And at this point I was pretty ticked off and I go "I won't sell it to him knowing it's going to you." I'm pretty sure that was the first time I was ever called a bitch straight to my face as a cashier. Oh well.

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    3. NO WAY! Only the person buying it! Where do you draw that line? Like I have my 6 year old with me, obviously she does not need to be carded, but what about the previous commenter who is 40 with a 19 year old kid...do you not let her buy beer? What if the 19 year old was not REALLY her daughter, she was just saying that? You only card the person buying it. I have had my hubby pay for beer that I carried to the register cause I didn't have my ID on me and they have never thought twice about it, cause he's paying - he's carded. The end. Once that person is carded and buys it - it is their responsibility not to give it to minors, not the cashiers. The cashier is not tasked with PI duty, even in your case Lauren, you gave ID...they give you the beer...if it turns out to be a fake that's on YOU not them, they are not trained to that level. What's next? They gonna take a writing sample and analyze that? Not to belittle cashiers, just saying, they are not detectives, they are a cashier. Sorry, rant over. :) Devan (oh and I admire your "buy all the liquor revenge" move, I would like to hope I would think of that in the same situation!)

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    4. Anonymous11/25/2012

      Wow you are really passionate about this!

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  6. Nobody ever asks me for a second form of ID. They barely ask me for a first form. I'm rather jealous. Oh, except that one time I got carded for a rated R movie I was trying to buy at Walmart when I was like 22. I WANT TO BUY REVENGE BOOZE!

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    1. In retrospect I actually feel a little bad about the revenge booze. Like maybe it was crossing the line into RUDE territory? At the time it felt necessary.

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    2. You don't fall into rude territory until you start yelling profanities and/or name calling. From your description of the incident, it sounds charming, not rude.

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    3. Anonymous11/13/2012

      The store will have to get over it, and I am sure their accountant won't have a problem with the money you spent buying revenge booze. Gold does not stink, and their store cameras caught them asking for your ID twice. All behinds are covered. :)

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  7. That is absolutely amazing. I love you know Ryan so well it was an easy task to distract him for the day. I also love how Ryan knows you so well, it was obvious to him what happened at the store.

    This type of thing happens to me all too often. The amount of times I've been refused liquor because I didn't bring my license SHOULD have taught me to BRING it with me, but sometimes I'm on my bike and I forget my license. And in those cases, my badass bike, pink streamers and spoke beads and all.. well, it doesn't help.

    My line: "Really? You're telling me you think an 18 year old would have boobs like this?!" (In Ontario, Canada, the drinking age is 19)

    Glad you retaliated! Bring on the booze!

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    1. Wow. I should slow down before posting things. "I love how you know Ryan so well.."

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    2. Haha yeah it's sort of sad, we always say that we don't even need the other person there to have conversations with them. Like I know exactly what Ryan will say about any one thing at any one time. It's weird.

      People always think Ryan's little sister and I are BFFs when we are out together when in actuality I am 10 years older than she is. Once at a wedding she got served wine and I did not.

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    3. I think what you have to do, then, is create a new mission to come up with absurd things to talk to Ryan about so that you catch him off guard without ever knowing what his response would be.

      For example, tell him that you`ve been working with MTV for the last four months, and they have decided to make a reality television show called "Filing Jointly... Finally," and that you forged his signature to get on the show. Wonder what he'd say! I'm a graphic designer! I could create very legit looking contracts for you. Ultimate prank of awesome.

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  8. You know who11/12/2012

    Just booked a flight to come to the party tonight. My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. I'll take a whiskey with a splash of whiskey. :)

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    1. Hey OJ,

      I think Ryan would die of happiness if you actually showed up. I think because you surprised him so many times in years past that he's always expecting you to show up at any moment.

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  9. Jennifer Storey11/12/2012

    Ah! I hate it when they give you hell for your ID! Although, when they don't even bother to card you... that's when you know life is all downhill.

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    1. I'm actually looking very forward to not being carded so hard sometime soon. I'm usually OK if I have on makeup. It's when I've got my hair on top of my head and my glasses on and no makeup that I run into problems.

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  10. I, too, look much younger than I am. I am 25 with two small children, people often ask me if I'm the big sister/babysitter/aunt. When I was pregnant, I used to get dirty looks from old ladies, as did my husband, because I look about 14 or 15.

    I am glad you bought all the liquor you could find. I would have probably just left the store in tears when she called the manager, making me look all the more guilty.

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    1. My mom always says the same thing about when she was pregnant! That older ladies would just about murder her with their eyes because her fingers got so swollen she couldn't even wear her rings so she just looked like a pregnant 14 year old.

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  11. I would have done the same thing, probably. I am also cursed or blessed with looking younger than I am.

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    1. In retrospect I probably could have been a bit calmer, but stuff like this happens A LOT to me, so I got all frustrated. It's definitely a cursing/blessing.

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    2. I totally understand. I've never had my ID not accepted, but I've been stopped from buying paracetamol when I didn't have it on me. They usually don't even card for that.

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    3. That's crazy! If I was sick and trying to buy medicine and they carded me and didn't let me have it I think I would cry.

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    4. I know. If I have a migraine, I'm on the verge of crying or killing someone anyway, so it wouldn't take much.

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  12. Holy cow!!! I'm almost positive I would have done exactly this same thing - I was a college administrator (specifically I was the lady you talked to about consequences when you did stupid crap and got caught), so usually it really chaps my hide when people try to get away with stuff. I would have had to return to just prove they were wrong and I was a law-abiding citizen and was getting away with zero things. And also because that brew sounds pretty darn delish.

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    1. I just couldn't let it go for some reason. I had to make sure that they knew that I was actually 28. I'm not why it hit such a nerve today, but it totally did. Totally. And yes the Winter Abbey Ale is just delightful.

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  13. Lisa in Seattle11/12/2012

    So where do you people buy your hard liquor? Here in WA, up until this summer we bought ours at state-run liquor stores. Then some idiots decided "HURR HURR FREE MARKET SMALL GUBMINT LET'S BUY OUR BOOZE AT SAFEWAY ANYTIME WE WANT." It passed, because people in our state are bad at math (also driving in snow), and they shut down all the liquor stores. Now you can indeed buy your booze at Safeway at 10 p.m. But the state got the last laugh, because my $22 bottle of egg nog now costs $32 on account of all the added fees and taxes. Fuck you, Washingtonians!

    Thanks for listening.

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    1. Oh the grocery stores here have hard liquor too and there are bunches of grocery stores. I did throw a bottle of whiskey into the mix today. Gas stations here just sell beer/wine, no liquor.

      And anytime. I am all about listening. And talking.

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    2. Well it is ONLY a 5 hour drive to Oregon (or a 7 hour drive to Idaho) where all the liquor is a fraction of our price. Not that I have done that (I actually prefer my cheap Canadian booze from the duty free...but then again I live a stones throw from the WA/Can border)

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    3. In TN, gas stations/grocery stores only sell beer. Liquor stores DO NOT sell beer, only liquor and wine. The liquor stores are closed on Sundays and you can't buy beer before noon on Sunday, but you can the rest of the day. Actually 12:01 on Sunday but there is no specific reason I know that, maybe.

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  14. Veronica11/12/2012

    Ahahaha this is hilarious. I get carded for EVERYTHING. Of course if I'm buying alcohol I always look guilty for some reason. I get all twitchy thinking they're going to think my license is fake. I had someone refuse to sell me a scratch ticket a few weeks ago because I forgot my license. I'm 23 years old lady! Some people take their jobs too seriously. But go you for buying ALL the alcohol, excellent revenge.

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    1. I do the same thing! I hate when they study my face and the ID and like look doubtful. Sometimes I smile all nervously and that does not help.

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  15. I got carded for walking into the mall. (You have to be 18 or accompanied by an adult after 5pm; I am in my mid-twenties.) I choose to believe it has nothing to do with the big furry trapper hat I unabashedly wear everywhere during winter and more to do with what is apparently a fantastic skin care regimen. To add further insult, the mall cop who carded me looked like he was 15. I was so tempted to ask him where his adult chaperone was, but then I figured my boyfriend would not be too thrilled to bail me out of mall jail.

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    1. I've never heard of that rule before! That's hilarious and annoying. Mall jail is cracking me up right now.

      Also, I also have a giant fur trapper hat that I wear often in the winter. It is glorious. Ryan hates it.

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    2. You have to be 18 to be in a mall???

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    3. Just one of the malls in my area. They had some issues with teenage hooligans starting a ruckus on a regular basis so the made this rule. I don't know how effective is, more mildly irritating than anything else.

      My boyfriend hates my hat too. Our dog grabbed it the other day and started chewing on the fur and boyfriend was very halfheartedly scolding her, "No....stop....don't eat the hat....bad dog." I swear I saw him give her a cookie after that, but he vehemently denies it.

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    4. We have a mall where you have to be 18 after 5pm or with your parents. It's weird but they had a bad "hang out" problem. I don't know how strictly they enforce it, I have not gone there after 5.....

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  16. I would have revenge drank one of the many bottles of booze right in front of them after I paid, with a super mean look on my face. Well, if drinking in grocery stores was legal. I wouldn't want to get in TOO much trouble.

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    1. Haha yeah, I just about did. I was a little too fired up. But seriously I had like 30 forms of ID and two forms of picture ID the first time around, it was sort of ridiculous that they wouldn't sell to me.

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  17. I know they (whoever THEY are) say you should look on the bright side and take it as a compliment and all that, but it really is just a big pain in the ass, and quite maddening.

    I just turned 30 this year, and I get carded all the time, I don't so much care about it when it's alcohol and they don't give me much of a stink. Though one time the bartender made me show two forms because I look all kinds of rough in my drivers license picture, and he didn't think it was me. The worst though was last October when my husband and I were in North Carolina, and we went in the gas station so he could buy cigarettes and a drink. I left my wallet in the car and the clerk made me go back outside and get it, so HE could buy cigarettes because I didn't look old enough. The sad thing is my husband is 4 years younger than me. Maybe I look young but really, I know I at least look 18 sheesh!

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    1. Yes! I get that it's lovely to look younger than I am but when I'm put in a tiny room and interrogated at a concert because I was drinking a beer at the age of 24 it's super maddening.

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  18. i hear you. one time we were playing cards and drinking in the forest and the park ranger refused to believe i was of age. but i basically told him to call who he needed and i was prepared to fight his judgement to the bitter end. and the bitter end was me winning because it was 2AM and i don't think he felt like arguing with someone who had consumed a half bottle of wild turkey was angry that she wasn't winning rummy.

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    1. I got locked in a tiny room at a concert once because a cop saw me holding a beer! Like just holding it and not having taken any drinks of it at all yet. And I was 24.

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  19. hahahaha this is totally somethnig I would do!! and then enjoy every minute of all the revenge booze :)

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    1. I'm not even sure how revenge booze makes sense, but it does.

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  20. I'm 35 and I still get carded. I can pretend that I don't like it, but I totally do. The last time it happened it was over the summer when I was out with my family (mom, dad, 22 year old brother, 21 year old twin sisters AND my less than 1 year old baby) and I was the only one who got carded. Yeah, I may or may not have stood up in the middle of the restaurant and shouted out BOOYA. Okay, I did.

    - Joules from Pocketful of Joules

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    1. I swear I totally don't mind getting carded, just when after being carded I am not allowed to purchase alcohol. It's just embarrassing and has happened too many times. I would totally celebrate if I was out with all of my much younger siblings and I was the only one carded. Though I don't think that'll ever happen, my little sister looks like she's maybe thirteen. She is 25.

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  21. Im 24 and have NEVER been carded. Shoot, when my husband and I were dating (age 15/16 +), restaurants always brought out a bottle of wine for me.
    Then there was the time I was just turned 20. I joined the gym with my 31yr old sister. Our [male] trainer thought I was the older sister (he guessed her to be 24, me 27.)
    When I was 12, my mom and I went to the movie theater to see a 'R' rated movie. I got my ticket, but they wanted to card her. Shes 4" shorter than I, and all they saw was "a child" standing behind me.

    Yeah, im officially depressed now.

    I swear I dont look like an old hag!

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    1. I know what you look like and you definitely don't look old! Ryan's sister has the same issue you do. She's 10 years younger than me but people always think we are the same age or that she's older even. It's crazy. I don't think she looks older than she is either, so I don't get it.

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    2. Thank you!

      I really dont get it either. Do I look slightly older? Well, sure. 10+yrs older? *I* dont think so!

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  22. 'I knew I should have showered.' HA! I always feel so inexplicably self-conscious and GUILTY during those moments when the clerk is looking back and forth between me & my license. I went to college in Louisiana.. I would walk into stores with my IL license and get turned away ALL THE TIME, out-of-state phony id, blah blah blah. Frequently these trips would involve driving back across town to get one of my bf's roommates to accompany me back into the store where I ALWAYS made sure to go back to the same cashier. Because I'm petty and I can't just let things go or let someone else have the last word, ever.

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    1. I was in IN last year (at the age of 27) for Ryan's younger brother's 21st birthday. It seems in West Lafayette that if you have an out of state ID then you have to show two forms. So nowhere would sell to me that weekend because I only had my DL. So annoying.

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  23. Ohh no. Oh no. But I LOVE the revenge, let's face it. The fact you filled the cart and bought ONE bottle of cooking sherry was priceless. I on the other hand thank people if they DO card me. At the grocery store they do but it's more like a "you're clearly of age but just humor me". We're the same age Lauren (okay, one year older for me) but COME ON.

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    1. I'm totally fine with people carding me all they want! Card me every single time and that would be absolutely fine! I just hate when even after seeing my ID people won't let me purchase beer. Like seriously I had 30 things with my name on it and two pictures! (I would probably do things differently a second time around though, I was just embarrassed and frustrated.)

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  24. I am constantly being mistaken for a 17 year old, even by people (old family friends) who have known me since I was 17! This summer, my cousins, sister and I went to eat and all decided to get a drink, the waitress glanced at all their ids without a second glance; but when she got mine, she kept looking at me and then back at the ID. Lady, I'm 28! These girls are all at least 4 years younger than me, surely I look older than them! At least she let us all drink in peace and didn't ask me for alternate ID. I mean who carries their passport with them everywhere?

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  25. Aw you poor girl! I really feel for you! I've never had that happen, but I'm sure it is both flattering and infuriating at the same time which just had to be the oddest feeling. I only wish I could have alcohol. I'm breastfeeding my for month old and am just too scared to do it. although there is a winery here that makes the best blackberry and raspberry wines. I may get over my fear for them.

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  26. How can they require multiple forms of ID?!?!? Maybe they should invest in a swiper thingie to make sure your ID is legit. (Although I realize that doesn't tell them if you are actually the person on the ID.) That's just ridiculous.

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  27. I've never had it quite as bad as you, but at 31 I still get carded CONSTANTLY! I am with you in that I don't care for it much. Also, I'm a pharmacist and I always have patients asking me to talk to the pharmacist and when I tell them I'm it I always get "You? You're way too young to be the pharmacist." Ugh. I know I should cherish it as well, but I really wish I looked a little older so I could get some respect.

    My husband is 3 years younger than me and we were at a baseball game one time buying beer and the guy asks for my ID and then doesn't ask for my husband's and said to him "Wow I get carded and you don't and you're younger than I am" and he STILL didn't get carded!

    And I'm totally with you on the revenge booze. I absolutely would've done the same thing!

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  28. I got carded in England, buying cider. I am 29, and the legal drinking age there is 18... plus, in the spring, I routinely get asked where I'm going to college... which I graduated from 7 years ago.

    Sigh. And I want to punch every person who says "Oh, you'll appreciate it when you're older"- gee, thanks. It's not the looking young I mind; it's the looking LIKE I'M IN HIGH SCHOOL.

    Maybe it's a Jan 7 thing? A blessing and a curse, I tell you.

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  29. Don't feel bad Lauren, it may never end--the carding I mean. I got carded about a month ago when I had a ton of groceries and a six pack of Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade. It wouldn't be so bad but I have a crap ton of gray hair and I'm 37. She looked at me three times and said my hair was irrelevant because I still looked young.

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  30. I love this! I would have done the exact same thing (except, I'm not twenty-one yet). Whenever I have a mean waiter, I commandeer a glass from the restaurant in the name of justice!

    Maybe not something I should post on the internet... Oh well.

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  31. So glad I'm not the only one with grocery bagging OCD! I worked at a grocery store too, funnest job ever!

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  32. Anonymous11/12/2012

    And here I would have refused to buy all of the groceries and said, "Fine, then put them away yourself while I go to [other grocery store]." I guess we hold grudges differently. You're hilarious as always!

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  33. Anonymous11/12/2012

    BTW, if you're still looking for a charity to support this season, the Fayye Foundation (http://www.fayyefoundation.org/) is one to consider.

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  34. Anonymous11/13/2012

    I would have made them call the police... or I would have done it. They have the right to card me (I'm 46 now, so it doesn't happen all that often anymore but my attitude was the same when I was 21) they do not have the right to just arbitrarily decide that my id is fake. I might not have thrown a screaming fit, but everyone including the biotch behind me would have known that I was the one in the right.

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    1. Right on! Not their job to play detective. As long as its not an OBVIOUS mis-match (race or sex), then SOLD!

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  35. me & the BF went to one of those fancy custome mattress places. we talked w/ a salesman for about 20 mins total, tried a couple beds out (which is redonkulous becuz that is not a true representation of how i sleep) & decided on a quality mattress set. we paid for it & arranged a delivery slot time for later in the week. then as we were walking out, the door buzzer went off. i turned & looked at the saleman & laughed & was going to keep walking out when he asked me to please return inside the store. ummmmm, ok? he then asked me to remove the contents of my coat pockets. seriously? what do you think, ive got a mattress in there? he wouldnt budge even though i sat there staring at him w/ my mouth wide open in shock. so i angrily emptied out my pockets (a kleenex & 2 cough drop wrappers). he then asked me to take off my coat. DUDE! we just bought $2800 worth of mattresses, are you seriously thinking i stole something & what in this store is even small enough for me to hide in my coat? he then said if i didnt, they would be forced to call the police. i actually contemplated letting them. but i took off my coat (meanwhile my BF was on the phone w/ our attorney...it was our real estate attorney, but...). finally satisfied(no apology, as he said he was just doing his job) he said we were free to leave & i said, not so fast...& i canceled our order & made him credit back my BF's credit card for the mattress set & delivery. i then grabbed the store managers/owner (this is a franchise place)card off the counter & the next day i made a little call to their headquarters. in the end, i got a personal apology from the asshole salesman (i demanded it be in person), a written apology from the store owner & a free mattress set (i paid for the delivery) from the factory. lesson to be learned, there is a right way & wrong way to handle every situation. dont fuck w/ me.

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  36. I would have done the same thing and almost have on several occasions. By now, I'm used to the standard five minute examination of my ID when I try to buy booze but the fact that complete strangers look at me like I'm a liar and trying to fleece them does get old. Sometimes, I just want to yell, "Bitch, I'm 27 and have a mortgage! Give me alcohol so I can drink away the stress of being an adult!"

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  37. That sucks, but honestly I'm a little jealous. I didn't get carded on my 21st birthday. :(

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  38. Anonymous11/13/2012

    I got carded last year, when buying a bottle of pricey vintage champagne to celebrate eloping with my husband (that bottle cost more than the rest of the wedding (license, judge's fee) combined. I laughed out loud at the poor cashier: first, I am 37, and second, what underage drinker blows $200 on fancy pants French champagne? When I was drinking underage, we drank beer, wine coolers, vodka coolers, and homemade blueberry and rhubarb wine made by the neighbors down the street.

    But since I still get ID'd at age 37, I suspect you may have many long years of frustration and necessarily redundant ID-carrying ahead of you.

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  39. I am 30 and I got carded about a year ago for buying a LOTTERY ticket! Did you know you have to be 18? I didn't because that had never ever happened before!

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  40. Awesome. I think it's totally logical. Party at your house!

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  41. I also group my items at the grocery checkout...lol!

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    1. Me too! Heavy stuff/cans first, bread eggs and produce last. I don't say anything to the bagger either, but I hope for the best.

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  42. Alanna S11/13/2012

    I am 31 and get carded everywhere. I know I'm supposed to take it as a compliment, but its frustrating to have people treating me like a teenager when I haven't been one for a while. Its hard to get anyone to take me seriously sometimes. I look like a teenager, but that doesn't mean I am one.

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  43. I LOVE getting asked for ID! Depending on how tired I look, it happens fairly regularly... but I've never heard of anyone being refused a purchase after they've shown their ID. That just seems absurd. Maybe because having a Fake ID isn't really a thing here (England) at least not that I know off...Your response to the whole situation was genius. And you are now stocked up for the beginning of the holiday season. Congratulations!

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  44. My husband gets carded quite frequently, especially if he is clean shaven, and he's 34. I, on the other hand, rarely get carded which makes me paranoid. I'm only one year older! Do they think I'm a massive cougar? Or do they think he's 19/20 and I'm 24?
    I don't think you should be ashamed of your revenge booze purchase at all. I would have done the same thing in your position, but I probably would have said something nasty as well. It must be so frustrating to have people not believe you even after they card you, and not in the "wow! I can't believe it is true because you look so youthful. You are going to be fooling people for years" way.

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  45. Hah. That was a brilliant response. I've never had anyone refuse to sell to me but I get carded all. the. time. It's especially hysterical when I go into a store with a friend and they ONLY card me.

    Or the time in NY when me and 7 other friends walked into a bar and they ONLY carded me.

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  46. My brother got carded (he was 30) at the local ABC store. The man cut up his drivers license. My brother had to go to the DMV and pay $5 for another license. Then he went back to the ABC store and the clerk gave him $5 off his liquor because the clerk made the mistake. In the clerk's defense, my brother could pass for 15. I keep telling him he should go under cover in a high school for the police but he says he has a face of a geek and would never find out anything.

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    1. OMG! I would have been so pissed! LOL, that's just crazy!

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  47. I get carded all the time, I'm 34. I've had a couple times where I was denied purchasing my alcohol too. So dumb. I haven't colored my hair lately, so I'm actually getting served now. I guess my roots are helping me look like an old hag now ;) My sister, who's 31, recently got carded to go to the schmancy movie theater with a bar/lounge in the lobby where she lives and got in an argument with the security guard there. He told her that when normal people get fake IDs, they make them with more believable ages like 22 or 24, not 31. After 10 minutes of arguing she finally got in, got 2 big beers instead of 1, and chugged them down while standing next to him, and went and got a couple more for spite.

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  48. Puppygirl11/14/2012

    I have to admit I probably wouldn't have done anything different.

    The stupidest time I have ever been carded is when I went to the casino, where my younger sister used to work. I got carded. After I handed my i.d. to the security guard, the guy commented that he thought I was my sister. Give it a minute to let that fully sink in. I'm sure he didn't. I refrained from asking him how he thought my sister could have gotten a job there if she was underage.

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  49. When I went to my sisters high school graduation her teachers asked if I would be going there next year. they thought I was a freshman in high school. They thought I was 14. I was 25. At that point I was still a little annoyed by that, not as much as when I was 18, but enough. Now that I'm 49 I'm pretty much in love with it when people say you're HOW OLD??!?!?! I thought you were 32. Wahooooo!
    And a stocked bar is always a good thing.

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