Post # 46
FutureDrAtkins: I’m 32, legal age where I live in 19. I get carded about 50% of the time when I’m buying alcohol at the liquor or beer store. I know I’ve been carded at a restaurant at least once in the last year. It’s about 75% of the time when i’m at a sporting event (and I usually get asked the first time I purchase at a game, just not subsequent times if it’s the same bartender/beer guy)
Post # 47
I’m 24 and it’s been 50/50 since I was 21. I also often get that I don’t look old enough to be in a bar when I dress down.
Post # 48
I have NEVER once in my life EVER been carded, and I collect Social Security.
Post # 49
I used to boldly go in and buy alcohol at liquor stores and not get carded when I was 19. Restaurants stopped basically as soon as I turned 21… Which My response was: NOT FAIR I CAN SHOW YOU MY ID NOW! I’m almost 26 and I get carded more now than I did before due to laws getting stricter and lawsuits being thrown at stores for underage problems. Whoops.
Post # 50
I’ve never not gotten carded, but I’m ok with that. I’m in my late 20s, and it creeps me out but I’ve had highschoolers hit on me, so I guess I look younger?
Post # 51
47 and I haven’t stopped getting carded yet. I think some cashiers just ask without really thinking about it.
Post # 52
At 26 years old, I’m still carded 90% of the time I would say.
Post # 53
I’ll be 23 in a few weeks. Drinking age here is 18. The first time I was NOT carded, I was 21 and buying a bottle of rum for my parents from the liquor store (I was 7-8 months pregnant though, so maybe they knew it wasn’t for me? I don’t know). Since having my baby, I’ve never been carded buying alcohol in a restaurant. I haven’t been to the liquor store or a bar yet. I’ve only been carded buying cigarettes maybe 5 times.
Clearly I’ve aged poorly over the past two years..
Post # 54
I get ID’d maybe 50/50. I’m 27, drinking age is 18 but there’s an “Challenge 25” policy in most places where you are supposed to “challenge” (ID) anyone who looks under 25… 7 years over the legal drinking age! Bloody stupid in my opinion.
Post # 55
I’m not from the States, but in the States EVERYONE who doesn’t look pretty old gets carded. I’m 27 and I still get carded everywhere everytime I’m in the US. My fiance is 31 and still gets carded too. The States are just extremly careful with that because IF they’re wrong just once in their judgement their asses get sued for a couple of million dollars.
Post # 56
dalia88: What you said is not true. I do agree that they probably card more in the US than other countries, but it’s certainly not everyone who doesn’t look pretty old all the time, like you said. I live in the US, and since I started buying alcohol (not gonna mention my age when that started) I have been carded about 50% of the time. There are places where you can count on getting carded like grocery stores, but even at liquor stores I am only carded about half the time. Even when I had just turned 21 it was a toss-up. Perhaps you get carded so often because you only visit toursty spots in the US. They’re definitely more likely to card where there is an influx of party people.
But really I just came here to tell a funny story. When Fiance and I were 25 (me) and 28 (him) we went to a movie theater in the middle of the day on a weekday–during the school year, I might add–to see a movie. We went to buy our tickets and the woman behind the counter looked at us with a disgusted face and said (in the most derisive tone) “you have to be SEVENTEEN to see this movie.”
ETA: Also, you’re incorrect about what happens if a bar negligently serves an underage drinker in the US. There are hefty fines (measured in the thousands, not millions), but you definitely don’t automatically lose a multi-million dollar lawsuit just for serving one drink to an underage patron. Maybe if the minor went on to DUI and kill multiple people–MAYBE they would lose, but some states protect bars from being sued for that kind of thing. Just…you know…don’t make broad generalizations and assumptions about a country you don’t live in.