Nathan (nathan_dorian) wrote in bad_service,

Teeny little rant.

I feel lucky because so far in my twenty years of being I have encountered good service. The odd miserable cashier or being served by someone who stares at me like I'm a freak of nature, but otherwise I've had good luck.

Except when I turned 18.

Now, this is a tiny piece of bad service - it is by no means OH MY WORD HORRIFIC, it's just a little piece of "oh snap why?"

I had just gotten a nice sum of money and decided to go and buy Fable from Game in a town like 6 miles away, and was giddy because I had never played it before and oh how I longed for it.

Background: I look younger than my age. I currently lack any good ID so my poor fiance is never able to buy alcohol around me (he is 18! (ps. we're from England)) because cashiers think that he might give it to me and I look too young. I've always looked like a 12-year-old or somesuch, 16 at the oldest. I am now 20 and look the same.

So I hunted down Fable like a giddy fool and went to the cashier, with my Mother following behind.

She stood to the side out of the way as I handed the game over, just minding her own business.

The cashier suddenly looked at me, "Uh, you know this game is 16+, right..?"

I stared for a moment.

"Oh, yeah, I'm 18." I replied, feeling rather sheepish as this had never happened before (I'm used to buying 18-rated horror DVDs constantly)

All was well, he bagged the game, I handed over the money...

And he handed over the change to my Mother, a woman who was not even paying any attention to myself or the cashier, and was not even obviously related to me.

I just sort of stared, and then my Mother stared and said simply, "Uh, why are you giving it to me? He's buying the game."

The cashier just handed me the money without a word, and off I went. o_o

Uhm, okay then.


That rating is not a legal issue, it is a PEGI suggested rating to describe the content of the game - it is an entirely voluntary thing that games choose whether to use or not. You do not need to provide ID to purchase the game, nor would it have been illegal for me to purchase it under the age of 16.

Also, I was not asked for ID anyway.

He never needed to mention the rating in the first place.
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