Thursday, August 10, 2006

An Odd Encounter

All my life I have been told that I looked or acted very mature for my age. I always took this as a compliment and whenever I went out to buy beer or cigarettes I was never really carded. That is until yesterday when I went to my local grocery store to buy beer. When I went up to pay the clerk was looking at me suspiciously.

“Can I see some ID” he said sternly as if to scare me.

I obliged and showed him my Texas ID.

“Am I supposed to believe that is you? “ he said sarcastically.

“Yeah” I responded just as sarcastically.

Sensing that I was not going to go anywhere he then asked to see my Drivers License.
Not wanting to make a big scene I took out my license and showed it to him.

“Yeah this does not look anything like you. You don’t look a day over 18. This is probably your big sisters ID isn’t it?”

I do have a big sister who looks nothing like me but for the sake of argument I responded by saying I did not have an older sister and I demanded to speak to his manager. I had no idea what I was going to say to his manager if he also believed that I was underage. However my little threat seemed to work.

“Okay kid I am going to sell you the beer. You don’t look 21 but you seem responsible.”

“Sure. Whatever.” I said
After I finished paying he smiled and said “Now you come back now you hear.”

Only when you are not around I said under my breath and left.

Now that I am getting older I am left wondering whether being mistaken for looking younger is really a compliment or not. What do you guys think has anything like this ever happened to you?

11 comments:

kookla@work said...

PixieGaf, I'm always carded. I can tell you when they do see my license, they usually either say "Wow" or they do a double take. The weird thing is when I was a teenager, I was never asked for ID!

I love how he sells you the beer and says you seem responsible!

ffleur said...

I got carded until I was 24. I don't anymore and even get called "ma'am" sometimes. Makes me very sad (pouting)because frankly, as Bryan Adams said: 18 until I die.

LA said...

OMG, Pix, take it while you can! I was carded twice when I was 35. Once was my birthday dinner in front of my siblings @ Gladstones in Malibu. When he asked to see my ID, I lit up like a Christmas tree, and my siblings were like, "Did you have to do that? Now she's going to be insufferable!" Later that year I was carded in a Vegas casino turning in my chips, but my brother (8 years my junior) was not. I was insufferable!

Shit, I'd LOVE to get carded, but it will never happen again unless they change the drinking age to 50.

prunella jones said...

I've noticed when buying beer that if the clerk is an older person they always ask me for my ID but if the clerk is really young they never do.

M-M-M-Mishy said...

Depends on who I'm with. Out with people who are older or look older? No. Maybe I blend in? If I'm out with people my own age then yes. If I'm by myself than its a toss up. Maybe your age changes with the company you keep?

joy said...

Well one time I was walking across a middle school and a thriteen year old boy said Jodyyyyyyyyyyy!!

Now this very well could have been anyone, but could I have honestly been mistaken for a teeny-bopper!!!

COOL ! like totally!!

PixieGaf said...

Everyone tells me that being carded is like a compliment but I honestly like when I am mistaken for being older.

joy said...

being mistaken for being older is never a compliment.

PixieGaf said...

I guess when your older its not a compliment but I used to get a kick as a teen when someone would say
"Wow you look older than 15"
or
"You are really mature for 16"

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