I am 62 years old and have had it with folks demanding to see my driver's license before they will sell me alcohol. This has happened twice recently at public events.
I am 62 years old and have had it with folks demanding to see my driverís license before they will sell me alcohol. This has happened twice recently at public events.
The first time was at a Charity Newsies beer booth at the Columbus Arts Festival. I already had received a blue wristband from another booth indicating I had proved that I was of drinking age, and yet the seller politely insisted that despite my band, he also needed to see an ID or he could not sell me a beer.
When I asked this man why, he told me that Charity Newsies could lose their alcohol-sales license if he sold beer to me without seeing my ID. Really? Has anyone ever lost a liquor license for selling beer to a bald, wrinkled man with a salt-and-pepper beard? And is there some rule that when one works a beer booth, one must leave oneís brain at home?
The second incident was at a Comfest wine booth. My white-haired wife wanted a glass of wine and was refused because she had no ID, so I received the same polite request from a woman young enough to be my granddaughter. I asked her to tell me the rationale in carding someone of my age, and she told me it was her supervisorís rule.
I demanded to see that person. He gave me the same story, that his boss said everyone must be carded or there could be trouble with the law. Like the Charity Newsies man, these individuals readily acknowledged that I was obviously way beyond 21, and yet no line of reasoning would cause them to relent from their refusal to sell without an ID.
People my age and way younger should not be subject to this kind of irrational, senseless and disrespectful treatment. This nonsense makes for poor customer relations, and when it occurs at a public event, it reflects badly on the whole event as well as on our city.