Tuesday, February 19, 2008

This morning

I went into CVS to buy a 5-Hour-Energy drink. It was already obvious that I would not be making it through Tuesday without one. Or two.

When I got to the counter the cashier said, "I.D. Please?"
I was a little confused because I hadn't even reached for my debit card yet. For all she knew I was paying cash. She repeated it and I just felt more confused because she had to be asking for something else, but I didn't know what.

Finally she said, "I need to see your I.D. before I can let you buy this." I frowned so she explained that it wasn't her fault, it was policy that no one under 18 could buy that. It also applies to some over the counter drugs.

It's been a while since I've been carded for anything, I really don't think I look under 18 anymore, but I also think this lady was confused. I buy these drinks all the time - I go through the self-checkout at Kroger with them. They're just little energy drinks.

Once when I was in highschool some of my friends were carded when trying to buy some sparkling grape juice. They protested that it wasn't alcohol and that they could legally buy it, but the cashier couldn't see past the foil on the top of the bottle.
"It says Welches on it!" my friends pointed out in exasperation, "Have you ever heard of Welches making alcohol?"
Finally a manager was called, they were allowed to purchase the grape juice and promptly dropped it on their way home. It didn't seem worth while to go back.


Kenji said...

You should take it as a complement.

I love how there are such simple loopholes in the system. Want to buy something without being carded? Just go through the self-checkout lane in the grocery store!

Melody said...

I'm pretty sure you can't get through the self check-out with alcohol or anything.

kontrabanda said...

i bet there is a law that you can't be energized by an energy drink if you are under 18... only sugary drinks... because I am sure energy drinks have no sugar in them...

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