I live in a small resort town of 1,600 people and even in good times the town is not happening, but it's really dead from September to May. It's hard to make it in those slow months so establishments that serve alcohol don't card. Alcoholic drinks are a good money maker and for such a small town nobody seems to cause too much trouble. One part of me doesn't like this practice (though we thought it was too cool in high school) but the pragmatic side of me realizes that a town that has only three good months of profits has to survive. Even then a lot of eating and drinking establishments can't even make it in the summer. They don't just sell you a 12 pack at a national chain like 7-11 to just any random kid, but in any restaurant if you look old enough to have pubic hair, you get drinks with your meal if you order it, no questions asked...ever! Markets and convenience stores pretty much don't let you drink it in the open but say nothing if a customer who paid for his/her drink downs it in the bathroom. Also whatever a person does in their car in the parking lot is perceived as not the business of the store. I have seen cops come by to go shopping or do their rounds and they totally ignore this. If somebody is weaving then they pursue but in this country town if a few good ol boys are drinking a few Buds after a high school game, it's ignored. If a joint is passed around, maybe the cop tells them to simply put it out. We have a lot of issues, like any town, with drinking/drugs and driving. I don't get the feeling that a big city, like nearby San Jose or San Francisco lets this type of underage sell of alcohol happen as easily. Well into my 20s I was carded in the big cities in norcal but never in the small, usually slow business towns. Thoughts? And is it like that in any small town under 50,000 people where you live?