Ask The Waitress: “Officer, He Swore He Was 21!”

Q: Is “Dude. Seriously? These are our parents, ” a valid ID in the state of Colorado?

 A: No :-/

So I don’t mean to be a hardass, but is it truly a hardship to carry a valid form of photo identification on oneself if one plans to drink in at least the United States? Now, I don’t mean to get all Big Brother about things.

BUT! You’re going out and you want a beverage of an alcoholic nature, and you look like you could still be of potentially childbearing age (or thereabouts if you are a man)? Bring an ID, because that’s just how it goes.

The base line where I work, age-wise, is if you look under 40, I have to ID you. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. It’s literally the one thing I could get fired for, not checking.

I do get the other angle. There’s a place that my mom likes, but hates that it IDs everyone, no matter what, including my parents, who are now both in their 60s. And I could see that; so can the place where I work. So we have the looks-under-40 rule.

If you’re for real, and you’re cool, and you come in frequently, (and especially if you are nice and tip well!), we’re not going to throw you against the wall and fingerprint you before handing you a Fat Tire. At least not every single time ;)

And while I did not visually witness aforementioned woman getting mad over having been asked for her ID (it was a different restaurant in town), I glanced at her, and she looked 25 at most. Easily could be younger, and in towns like mine, undercover people do elaborate stings! So I’d have checked her, myself.

So why do people get so mad! It’s a compliment!

I am not lacking in empathy. Even just within the past year, I’ve been denied access to (Denver!) bars, depending on the paperwork of my fellow parties. And I’ve been legal to drink for almost 16 years.

But it’s the law. And not one of the laws I’m willing to get all up in the face of. Photo identification takes up almost no space. If you forget it, that sucks, and I’ve been there, but glowering at your server or bartender and acting as though s/he should risk a job just because you can’t get it together to bring ID with you out to the bar? Or worse yet, because you’re too tired to reach into your wallet and pull it out? No.

ID,  or it’s Dr. Pepper for you! Sawry, sawry. Next time, come prepared!

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At 37, I can't believe that I'm 37. I operate by the Elliot-from-"Scrubs" principle that every woman is a 13-year-old girl at heart. Such is not to infantilize, but merely to recognize that we are all humans and searching for life meaning, at the core. That's what my blog is about. An ever-present search to figuratively hold hands in this world, with anyone and everyone who Gets It.
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7 Responses to Ask The Waitress: “Officer, He Swore He Was 21!”

  1. Amanda says:

    I deal with this daily. Apparently it is painful for some people to carry ID.

  2. Mike says:

    Happens all the time with me on traffic stops – people are easily inconvienced these days; its ridiculous.

  3. everyone should carry a wallet or purse. id’s are in their wallet or purse, right? what is the big problem here? I’m not seeing it.

    • judisunshine says:

      Rick, thanks for reading! And seriously. Waitresses are the proverbial kicked dogs, often time. “I hate my life! I will give you a hard time about my idea, then tip you shittily!”

      It sucks to lose one’s ID, but it’s so not hard to carry one! I love when I ask, and people get all Anne Hathaway: “Please! I have a child!” and it’s like okay congrats, but that means nothing to me.

    • judisunshine says:

      Me neither! But people get so MAD!

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