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Liquor Store Rant


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Liquor Store Rant

Melanie | | Dec 29, 2008 09:54 AM

My fiancee and I decided to make a liquor store run for some tequila (I'm on a margarita kick). I decided to leave my wallet at home as I was in the middle of doing laundry at the time and hadn't brought it downstairs with me - We live in a large apartment complex with a laundry room.

We get to the liquor store and browse for a bit. There is someone handing out 'Pisco Sour' samples in the middle of the store, which we both tried. Tasty. We then grab the tequila and head to the register.

Here's where things get messy...

The person at the register asks for both of our IDs and I explain that I left mine at home. She replies that she cannot sell the liquor to my fiancee unless I have my ID as well - store policy. Unfortunately, this particular liquor store is not exactly around the corner. We drove to a farther store, as we knew they had a sale on Jose Cuervo. So, we proceed to inquire about this 'policy,' especially since I had been this store before and bought liquor without being carded at all. She isn't going to budge so we leave.

At this point, we decide that the best thing to do is to have me wait outside while he goes back into the store and buys the alcohol.

However, about 10 minutes later I see him walking back to me, empty-handed and stunned. Apparently, he walked in, grabbed the tequila, and, before he even got to the register, was stopped by a gentleman. "Sir, weren't you just in here with a young lady?"

"Yes. She got on the metro and went home."

"I'm sorry, sir, but we've already seen her, so we cannot allow you to purchase this."

"But, she's gone home. She left. She's no longer with me."

"That doesn't matter. We've seen you with her."

"Wait, so because you've seen me with someone who couldn't produce an ID, that means I can never purchase alcohol from this store again?"

"Only after 24-hours. The only way you can buy alcohol in less than 24-hours is if she comes with you and shows us her ID."

With that, we head home, confused and irked.

1) We DRANK alcohol in their store.
2) I purchased alcohol before this incident with no ID at all
3) As an little experiment, I went back to the store about 2 weeks later and walked up to the register with 2 handles of tequila. Yep, you guessed it, I wasn't carded.

Is it just me, or are there several things wrong with this so-called 'Store Policy'?

Also, Has anyone had a similar experience with being denied an alcohol purchase unless everyone in your party showed ID? My friend said that this happened to her once at Trader Joe's. I think it's odd. Unless the store is going to follow you home and watch you (or someone with a valid ID) drink their alcohol, they really aren't protecting any underage drinking, if that's what they are trying to do. Thoughts?

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