hedgehoginthfog (hedgehoginthfog) wrote in bad_service,
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bad-service... or not?

When this happened, I was pretty pissed... but some people might have thought it was a reasonable action for the cashier to take. I'd like your opinions!

I grew up in Wisconsin but I'm currently a college student in Oregon. I still use an Wisconsin drivers' license, because that's my legal state of residence.

About a year ago, I had been hanging out with some friends on a Sunday. They were going to go to someone's house and hang out, but I had a paper to write so I was going home. I needed to pick up some stuff at a Safeway, though, and they needed to buy beer, so they dropped me off on the way and had planned to walk home (only a couple of blocks). Point of interest: every one of us is 21 or older.

We walked in the store and I went off to pick out some cheese. As I was standing in the dairy aisle, an announcement came on the loudspeaker calling me up to the front of the store. In Oregon, it's illegal to sell alcohol to someone unless everyone in the party is 21. Since they had seen me walk in the front door with my friends, they needed to verify my age.

I whipped out my drivers' license, which is clearly me (distinctive hair and glasses). However, because it was THREE DAYS expired, they would not sell beer to my friends.

Now, just because my license has expired does NOT make me un-turn 21.

I fully realize that it's illegal to sell alcohol to minors, and I fully realize that the cashier was just doing his job. But I think this is going WAAAAY too far. What is your opinion?

(And why did I let my license expire? Because I don't drive in Oregon and thus I didn't need it, and I had a valid passport for flying back to Wisconsin. And because in order for me to renew my license from afar, they need a current eye exam. And because my Wisconsin insurance won't cover an eye exam... because I'm in Oregon. That's another story, though.)

*edit*
I was pretty annoyed at the time, but it sounds like most commenters think he was just doing his job, and I have to admit I agree. I think the law takes it a little far, but I guess I should just get over it already!
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