February 27th, 2009

Audrey

Bad Bouncer

All of the ID posts reminded me of this story. It has been years since this occurred, so I cannot remember verbatim what was said.

I was 21 at the time the events unfolded.

I went to a bar with some friends. We went to the bouncer and he carded us all. I had no problem with being carded so I gave him my legitimate ID. It was an out of state ID as I was from Ohio and the bar was in Chicago, where I went to school. The bouncer took my ID and said it was a fake. I said no it is not, I have other items on me with my name such as credit cards and my student ID, would he like to see them. He said no. I said I need my ID back. He said no. I said I need my ID back and that he had no right to keep it. He said the only way I could get it back was to walk to the nearest police station and ask a police officer to come to the bar, and then I would be arrested for having a fake ID. I said I am not leaving you with my ID as I have no guarentee you won't destroy it. He told me to leave. I said I am not leaving without my idea. As this was before every college student had a cell phone, none of my friends nor I had a phone to call the police. I continued to say I will not leave but can you just call the police and ask them to come here. He said no. At this time I started to yell at him. He said he was calling the police to arrest me for trespassing, since he was asking me to leave and I was refusing. I said good. I saw him ask someone to call the police and then verify they did. I then walked off of the bars premises, but remained in front of the bar.

After 45 minutes a police officer arrived. The police officer spoke to the bouncer first, and then came to me. He started by saying I needed to leave or he would arrest me. I then calmly explained that the bouncer accused me of trying to gain entrance with a fake ID, but that the ID I had given him was inf fact my valid driver's license and that I needed it back. The officer asked me if I wanted him to run my license to verify it was valid, knowing that if it turned out not to be valid he would arrest me. I said yes. He then went to the bouncer again. I assume he got my ID.

The oficer was gone for a bit, then came to me and asked me to come with him. He then escorted me to the bouncer and said I have good news and bad news. For you ma'am the goods news is this is a valid ID, and it appears to be you on the ID. I am also happy to inform you that their are no warrants out for your arrest. The bad news for you *looking at the bouncer* is you attempted to steal this young ladies ID. I assume you intend to apologize to her and make things right. The bouncer was rude and said yea whatever it looked like a fake. The officer said it doesn't look like a fake to me and I did compare it to the book showing what all IDs are to look like. The officer then asked for the person in charge, explained to him what the bouncer did. The manager did apologize to me, told me and my friends to come in. We said we would rather not.

We ended up going to another bar next door, and the officer waited by us as our IDs were okayed by their bouncer.

Jumping on the ID suck bandwagon

This happened when my husband and I got married back in 2000.  Apparently carding other people with the person buying wasn't a thing yet, I was only 19.

We were having a backyard wedding, and Chris and I were in charge of the alcohol.  He was in the Army at the time and his Military ID was the only valid photo ID he had.  Being that he was stationed overseas, he was not required to keep an updated license so long as he had both together for the purposes of driving while in the states.

We decided against driving to the closest military base as it was nearly an hour's drive away, figuring that the savings on the booze would probably about equal the extra spent on gas.  Instead, we went to a local Meijer's.

We loaded up with all of our goodies, well over $200 worth of alcohol, and get to the register.  It comes time for Chris to be carded and he pulls out his military ID.  The cashier is all kinds of confused at this ID apparently.  She says she won't take it and asks for another form of ID.  Being that Chris's DL was expired, and i was doing all the driving anyway, he didn't even have it with him.  He also did not have a passport as it is not required for military personnel.

This leads to a bit of an argument with the cashier about it being a FEDERAL ID and therefore outranks a state ID anyway and why won't she accept that.  A manager gets pulled in and we are told the same thing.  We ended up leaving behind all that liquor and went somewhere else to buy that did not give us a hard time about his military ID. 

The next time we came home wasn't until about 7 months after 9/11, and by then everyone knew what a military ID was and what it looked like.
[lust] Danger starts a sharp encline.

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Today was the last official day of my spring break study week and my boyfriend and I decided we'd have a nice day on the town to make up for a week of mind-numbing homework and readings. But for some reason we just kept getting mediocre service everywhere. None of these are horrible, "OH MY GOD, CALL CORPORATE!" stories, but they bugged me...

The waitress at the diner where we had breakfast spilled coffee on his leg. Fortunately it was cold (she'd picked up his cup to reheat it) and alright, it was an accident, but still.

We went to MAC because I wanted to check out their Hello Kitty line. There was one salesgirl talking with a customer and another doing a makeover on a girl who couldn't have been older than six. The makeover chair was right next to the Hello Kitty display stand, but all my attempts at making eye contact were evaded. I decided it wouldn't kill me to wait and that I could actually use that time to decide what I wanted to get instead of being pressured by staff.

And I waited... and waited... and waited. It wasn't more than five minutes, but it was still annoying. I'm not the most confrontational person, so I kept dropping hints to my boyfriend, like, "Oh, hey, I would sure love to BUY THIS EYELINER and maybe BUY THIS LIPGLOSS TOO," but they didn't work. The makeover-giving girl kept saying things like, "Okay! Now you're done... wait, I'll add a bit of concealer to get rid of your under-eye circles!" (What under-eye circles? SHE'S SIX!) Meanwhile the other girl had come up to the till, and when she was done ringing up her customer, I caught her eye and said, "Excuse me, can you..." and she walked off while I was talking, without acknowledging me. >_O So we finally left.

Then we went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. We weren't sure how hungry we were because we'd had big breakfasts, so we started by ordering tea and tiny little sandwiches. We were still hungry. It took ages to flag our waiter down. Granted, he was only one of two waiters in the place... but we were one of only two tables! And he kept checking on the other one and ignoring us. When I said we wanted to get some lunch and asked for a menu, he looked really confused. He asked the other waiter to bring us one. Other waiter said, "Alright... who asked for a menu?" despite the fact that (1) as I said, there were only two couples in the restaurant, including us (2) the other couple already had food on the table.

We decided what we wanted to order and flagged Other Waiter down.

Me : We've made up our minds!
Waiter : (in a really confused, incredulous tone) You want to order food?
Me : (jokingly) That would be why we asked for a menu!
Waiter : I thought you just wanted to look at it.
Me : ...
Boyfriend : What's the soup of the day?
Waiter : It's mussels! It's very good.
Boyfriend : I'll have that!

Waiter : Here is your lentil soup.
Boyfriend : Thanks.
Me : Didn't you order mussel soup?
Boyfriend : That's alright. I like lentils.
Me : Oh-kay.

I left it at that, since he didn't seem to mind. It was especially the "You want to order food?!" bit that got me. A friend suggested that maybe the place closed between the lunch and supper services, but I checked and they don't. Is it a regular practice for people to walk in, sit down, and ask for the menu just to look at it?