“You are older than 21, right?”

It’s funny how sometimes the closest a guy can come to the ‘spirit of Christmas,’ whatever that is, he finds at a Wal-Mart.

First time I tried to buy a bottle of booze at Wally World, the check-out lady demanded photo ID to prove I’m older than 21. If you met me, that wouldn’t be your first question. But rulz is rulz to a certain sort of mind.

I don’t happen to carry photo ID.

A couple of days ago when I was headed for the door and delayed by all the people trying to do all their Christmas shopping at the self-serve registers, I was carrying three objects:

  • A prescription bag, already paid for
  • A mem-card reader for the blog camera
  • A big bottle of bourbon
  • I was prepared to abandon the bourbon if that would get me out the door on the same calendar day.

    But the self-serve registers cause so much trouble that the store plants an employee there permanently to keep things working. And this one was clearly a veteran. She saw me coming with my massive bottle of Evan Williams and didn’t have to be told this wouldn’t end well.

    She met me at the machine with her mag-card-of-permission. “You’re older than 21, right?” she asked the greybeard with a smile.

    I was getting pretty stressed out with all the Wally World At Christmas Eve thing, but I know when I’m being treated kindly. I smiled in return. “I do believe so.”

    She swiped the card, and all was done. But when I looked around to thank her for her kindness, she was already off to her next rescue.

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    6 Responses to “You are older than 21, right?”

    1. MamaLiberty says:

      I don’t buy stuff like that very often anyway, but the funny thing is that I’ve never, ever been asked for an ID at such times. Not even when I went to the bar at the Moose Lodge the first time with the guy I’d later marry. I MUST have looked younger than 21 at some point in my adult life, so this is very strange. Of course, nobody would mistake me for a young chick now. LOL

    2. I got carded at bars up to the age of about 35. I noticed that if I was happy and smiling I was more likely to be asked for ID than if I was ornery. YMMV.

    3. Joel says:

      Yeah, it’s funny. I used to get carded every single time. I just had that sort of skin that didn’t take a wrinkle.

      But that was a long time ago. Now I get described as “That guy who spent too long in the sixties.” Even though I’m too young for that.

    4. coloradohermit says:

      “I just had that sort of skin that didn’t take a wrinkle.”

      Damn you! Carded?! I’ve had people offering me the senior citizen discount since I was in my mid 40s. Pooey on you people.

    5. Howard says:

      I dont know about your state but Alaska marks the IDs of those who have court ordered alcohol abstention. Unless the clerk or bartender knows you and has seen your ID they usually will not sell to you.

    6. JC says:

      I don’t carry ID. LAst time (I’ve just started growing the beard – no more than 2 months), the response was “Let’s not be giving Mr Claus any trouble”.

    To the stake with the heretic!