Post # 32
During breaks from grad school, I subbed at a local middle school. I walked into the office for my first day, and the lady at the front desk asked me if I was a new student and needed to pick up my schedule. I was 27.
I am currently 38 and when out with my mom, she still gets asked what she’s going to do when I graduate school and move out
Post # 33
It’s annoying problem to have, I’m sure, but it’s better than the alternative. I’ve always looked old for my age … it was entertaining as a kid, but now that I’m 25 and people think I’m more like 30 it’s starting to get on my nerves. I had a coworker talking about how I’d better start havign kids soon … excuse me?? I’m 25, the clock isn’t exactly running down here.
(I guess I find it especially annoying because I take really good care of myself, I’ve never smoked, I drink rarely and lightly when I do, I always wear my sunblock … I mean seriously, what’s a girl to do.)
Post # 34
I look much younger than my age. You’re not supposed to feel insulted about it in the least bit. I showed up to my son’s school (he’s a senior in high school) with jeans and a hoodie on and the vice principal saw me sitting in a chair talking to one of my son’s friends while I was waiting for his counselor and told me to be quiet in those chairs or he would call my parents.
I just looked, laughed and said, call them if you want to, but I’ve been out of the house almost 20 years. They don’t care what I do.
Post # 35
@PermaStudent: Enjoy it while you can!!! I looked like I was 16 for a long time (probably at least until I was 26), and then suddenly I look my age (I’m almost 30). It sucks. 😛
Post # 36
i get asked which high school I go to ALL THE TIME since I work at a store in between 2 HS’s. I’m always unsure of what to say lol, I usually just say oh I’m 27.. like HIGH SCHOOL WAS 10 YEARS AGO! I don’t think I look that young but I guess my work outfit is pretty low key and I’m short. Plus girls now look SOOO MUCH OLDER than I did when I was in HS, I can never tell. We’ll be happy for it once we are older!!!!!!
Post # 37
A year ago I was at JC Penney buying clothes for an interview. While checking out, the cashier went through her usual “sign up for our credit card!” spiel, but then looked up and said “oh, wait, you need to be at least 18! Sorry!” I was floored. I was 25 at the time and I might look a wee bit young, but not that young!
Post # 38
I turned 28 a few months ago and still get asked if I’m graduating high school this year. Always carded too. Doesn’t really bother me but I can’t wait till they see my growing baby bump, then I’ll really get some looks! 😉
Post # 39
I know I will appreciate it someday (people tell me this ALL the time
), but right now, it’s frustrating!
I’m not a child, and I don’t want to be viewed or treated as a child because I look younger than my age. Sure, I could take it as a compliment, but I’m 24… how is looking like a teenager a compliment now? I don’t dress like one and I certainly don’t act like one, so it sucks that I happen to look like one!
Thank you! 🙂
Post # 40
I got carded recently when buying cigarettes. I’m 34. I was all like ‘are you serious? Do I look like i just graduated highschool?” And then I walked away with a smug smile on my face : F*ck yeah I look around 18 years old ha!
Post # 41
People always ask if I’m over 18…I’m nearly thirty. I’m really worried I’m going to look like a little girl playing dress up. I wish I could look older.
Post # 42
ROFL! Omg that’s hilarious!
Post # 43
Just do me (and all the other cashiers) a favor and dont get mad about it or take it out on them. I’m not saying you do, but not a work day goes by that I dont get cussed out because of me carding someone. If my job didnt depend on it, then I (we) wouldnt.
If they werent required to ID everyone, then yeah, thats ridiculous.
Post # 44
it happens to me all the time too! On the phone they want to speak to my mommy. I get carded all the time whe. Legal age to drink is 18!!! Dont get frustrated learn to enjoy it you can say ” I am flattered but I am 24… it is nothing but positive!
Post # 45
In the cashier’s defense, most companies do actually send in underage people who look old enough to buy rated R movies as a test – and you get in HUGE trouble if you don’t card them, it’s a serious write-up at the very minimum. It’s super annoying and I’m always very apologetic about it when I have to do it…but I have to do it.
It’s even worse for alcohol – if you get one of the underage but looks older people sent in as a test and you don’t card them, the cashier has to pay a fine AND they lose their job. My dad has had to fire people for it where he said that the person seriously looked like they were in their late 20s and he felt so bad for having to fire the person, but his hands are tied, his company doesn’t have any way around it, he HAS to fire them.
So just something to keep in mind, people…random comments from strangers are super annoying, I get so many snarky comments on my pregnancy from customers who assume I’m a teen mom because I don’t look 25 and had to take off my e-ring and wedding band because of swelling. But cut some slack to the people carding you.
Post # 46
When I was in my mid twenties I ran into the same thing. I went out of my way to wear more professional looking clothes so I did not get mistaken for a teenager. When you are 29 and on your way to 30 and then in your 30’s you will be thankful for your youthful look!! Hang in there until then!