getting carded when going out, ages reactions to ID's etc

Discussion in 'Community' started by acidrock, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. acidrock macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2004
    The Evergreen State College
    I was 25 at the time, am now 26, but I went out with a old relative to eat, to take them out. He wanted to go over to the bar side, and the waiter askes me are you over 21? I don't look anywhere near 21 but thought it was funny. then I showed him my ID and he looked at it really hard even though the face was forward. Some people have said they are carded because they have to ask all young people that but I went to clubs when I was 21 and just got asked to show an ID. What have been your experiences going to bars and clubs with getting Id-ed. -nathan
  2. kanker macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2003
    Most places in the States you are REQUIRED to have your ID in order to be in a bar, even if you're 80, and you and the bar can be fined if you aren't in possession of your ID. I've been hanging out in bars since I was 17 (I'm a professional musician). I'm 31 now and I can count on one hand the number of times that I've been carded going into a bar.
  3. sorryiwasdreami macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2004
    way out in the sticks
    I'm 26 and I get carded everywhere: bars, clubs, restaurants, casinos, concerts, etc. The only place I don't get carded is in other countries.
  4. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    i just turned 21 and i almost never get carded. of course, i was never really carded before i turned 21, either. just lucky that way, i guess.
  5. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i usually got carded until about 35, but now it rarely happens but when it does, it's very nice

    the middle aged frump and gray hair definitely makes me look over 21 and it's obvious my skin isn't as tight and smooth as just five years ago...most people stop looking very young between 30 and 40 and it's only the very rare 40 year old who can p*** for a 21 year old

    about age, it's still obvious demi moore looks older than ashton kutcher but she is about as well put together as any person can be at also doesn't help that ashton plays a high school aged student on tv ;)
  6. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    Haha, i'm 19 and I go out to the campus bars near me. I can usually get a few drinks at the bar .. i guess I look old enough .... who knows
  7. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    i go to some campus bars as well. there is this one we always go to because they never card. go in and order a couple of pitchers and we are set. for going to liquor stores we just use our fakes which work great. hopefully we won't get caught anytime soon. fakes with your own pic is a felony now.

  8. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Hah I have never tried to buy liquor at a store. usually a friend has an fake id so he just gets it. It was so funny this summer, we found some black guys ID, he was like 23. It was his driver's license. So we were hammered and someone was like "i want to go get some beer but I don't have an ID", then my friend was like "wait, use this!" and gave him that ID. The guy didn't use it but it was hilarious.
  9. acidrock thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2004
    The Evergreen State College
    no I mean getting carded is totally normal, but this guy said are you over 21 lol, I am 26 and was about turn that when this happened. I have asked my grandparent to let me take him out to eat there again. When I got carded before they just said can I see your ID, there was a difference.
  10. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I remember a very young looking high school drama teacher who got tired of being challenged all the time. So she had the older-looking (but underage) students go to the liquor store and buy her her cigarettes. They never got carded!
  11. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    I never got carded until I was 22.

    Now I get carded a lot. Its really bad when they card me and don't card my wife...
  12. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i pass for 18 depending on my outfit, so i definitely get carded a lot. Waitors almost always ask... bartenders often... tho bartenders didn't used to card me before i turned 21, which is bizarre. Gay clubs card damn near everyone, the cops watch them carefully... it's accepted that if you want in a gay club, and you don't have your ID, you're out of luck (well, there are certain ways to get in, but i'll leave that for another post).

    As for cigarettes, i never used to get carded, but now they have this program that requires them to card anyone appearing under 27... they do sting operations at stores constantly, using kids from juvenile detention. I uh, support restrictions on youths buying cigarettes or whatever, but it's a bitch when you need smokes but left your ID at home. Thankfully I have a gas station that knows me now, which is nice.

  13. Neserk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2004

    I'd rather you not smoked ;)
  14. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Although I am 29, I still look very young, so I am carded is kind of flattering, actually. It is to the point that I am almost dissapointed on the rare occasions I am not asked to present ID...

    Still, much has to do with liability and legal issues...I get carded at the my regular bar down the street, even though I have been going there over a year and I know all the staff...but to them, it is just not worth any hassle with the Liquor Control of said state, to let me (or anyone) by when the wrong eyes are watching...
  15. Neserk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2004
    Usually if I'm with peers I don't get carded. If I'm with just my husband (grocery store) I do. I'm no longer sure how old I look.

    I think I'm pretty much a chameleon when it comes to age.

    When I'm in the classroom (as a student) people assume I am in my early twenties (how old you'd have to be in order to those particular classes). But when I subbed in middle school PE they couldn't find the teacher :rolleyes: so they saw me as being that young :eek: (heaven forbid!) When my partner announced I was 34 tonight in class (we interviewed each other and introduced are partners to the class) no gasped with surprise...
  16. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    38 and still get carded regularly, even when in the company of people who are in their early 20s who don't get asked. Maybe the gray doesn't show up as much in a dimly lit restaurant or something, but it's gone past flattering to almost embarrassing (as in, I hope it doesn't make younger friends wonder if they look older than they are).
  17. Badradio macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2004
    I think it depends on the place too; if you're in a college town, you're going to get carded more as the risk to the bar/club owners is higher that they're going to let someone in who is underage if they don't. Boston is mean for ID; I got turned away from a bar there when I was 26 as they wouldn't even accept my UK photo driving licence. Had to go back to my hotel and get my passport. They were cool about it though - I guess the laws are only there to protect people.
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Wait until you're 35 and they start asking you if you'd like the senior discount. :eek: :D

    So getting carded because you seem younger is always a good thing, it's when you're young and they think you're old that it's bad. ;)
  19. TBR macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2004
    Blackpool - England
    Like most people in the UK* I started going out to pubs and clubs at 16, everyone in my town starts going out at 16; some before, well it is Blackpool :)

    I started working in a bar at 16 and had my own 1 man bar at 17, started working on the bar on my 17th birthday.

    Throughout all that time I've never been id'd**, never been asked for it although I used to carry my passport around when I went out. (just incase)

    Back in my younger days of 16-18 you would be in a pub/club and know that over 90% of the people were underage. Most notorious at that time was a place called Main Street, where every tuesday would be double your money. (pay £10 to get in get £20 of drink vouchers etc)
    The place would be full to capacity every tuesday and every college/sixth form student would be there and it got to the point where the college made wednesday a half day because no one was fit for anything on a Wednesday.....MMmmm Happy Days.

    * I'm assuming this from my experience and tv.

    **I was Id'd three weeks ago. I'm now 24.....not even funny, bearing in mind all that I have just said.

    Oh and you might be thinking that I look old....I didn't at the time I was quite young looking...(not anymore :()
  20. acidrock thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2004
    The Evergreen State College
    So when I am 35 will they say are you over 25 j/k heh
  21. AndiePandie macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2003
    I get carded all the time. For some reason people don't think I look any older than 20 when I'm actually 27. I don't mind it so much as I realize that people are just doing their job when asking. I never used a fake ID as I just didn't think it was worth the risk. I'm a goody two shoes like that. :p
  22. ExoticFish macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    The inner depths of madness, aka Kent, OH
    my girlfriend and i are both 22 and she gets carded all the time and i rarely get carded. it seems i get carded a lot less at the end of a long day when i have a good scruff going. i've gone to the store with my dad and when they card him he smiles and tells them how they've just made his day. :)
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I get carded now as often as I did when I was 18. The drinking age in Ontario (Canada) is 19, but I've been going to bars since I was 16. One bar in particular let us into the bar one time, and after that, they recognised me and let me and some friends into the bar every time, even at 16. I think I look older than I am (24), so that probably helps.
  24. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    I rarely get carded anymore unless im going to a bar. My beer store knows me well and no one ids for smokes either unless i show hesitation (as in i dont know what kind of cigarette to get).

    Best way to not get carded is show confidence.
  25. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Well, the smoking undoubtedly caught up to her, and I'm sure she doesn't look "too young" now....

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