My brother (20) and I (22) stopped in at a liquor store to buy wine for our mom for dinner tonight. I put the bottles on the counter and readied my ID (I always get carded since I look like I'm still in high school. I understand, I always have it out and ready to go for this very reason!) and the guy looks at my brother and asks for his ID. My brother says "Oh, I'm not buying and I'm not carrying it out of here. This isn't for us." and the guy goes "I have to card you anyway." My brother says "I'm only 20, I just came in to keep her company." and the guy goes "Then I can't sell to you." I'm annoyed now, especially since he has this tone to his voice like he doesn't believe us, like he really believes I'm buying wine for a 20 year old. C'mon now. I could understand if it was like beer or tequila, but it's two bottles of white zin.
Anyway, I go to put my ID away and the guy tells me I can come back alone to buy, but not today, it has to be another day. I told him that I would not be coming back, I was going to go somewhere else on my way home and that I wouldn't be coming back to this store again. I understand that they have to be careful, that a lot of young adults will buy for younger, underage kids, but seriously. We didn't look suspicious, I didn't give him a hassle handing over my ID, and it was WINE.
Still annoyed that I have make yet ANOTHER stop, I head to the liquor store closest to our house (we usually use that one, but the first one we stopped at has cheaper prices and it was on the way home, so we went there) and bought the two bottles of wine. I was telling the girl at the counter about it and she looks and me and goes "The one in Apponaug?" and I kind of laughed and asked "Yeah, how did you know?" The girl looks up from bagging my bottles of wine and proceeds to tell me that a friend of hers was out doing some last minute shopping before a family party and had her niece with her and that store wouldn't sell to her because she brought her ten-year-old niece into the store! So what, are you supposed to leave your kids in the car now? My parents brought us in plenty of times when we were younger and we were getting things before a party or before a holiday. Nobody every refused to sell because they had a kid with them. I could understand a teenager or whatever, but a child?!
I think if that's going to be their policy, it should be posted on the door that they will not sell to anyone accompanied by a person under the age of 21. I looked at the door when we left and no such sign is there. If that's what they're going to do, they should warn you ahead of time, not wait until you get to the counter and then say "Sorry, miss, I can't sell to you because you have a child with you."
ETA: Okay, okay, I didn't realize this was law and not individual store policy. When I posted this, I thought it was individual by the store. We're not an ABC state (our night clubs allow under 21 in) and since this is the first time I'd ever encountered this, I thought it was a store thing, not a "Everyone else is doing it wrong" type deal. The more you know. :)