19 November 2009

Getting Carded

Even though I have been living in the United States for quite some time now, it still presents interesting and head-scratching occasions. Like the event of getting carded, for example.

Most of the time, I expect to be carded whenever I would be purchasing alcohol. Say, ordering a drink in a bar or a restaurant for example, or buying wine in a liquor store. However, these are inconsistent. Sometimes, I get carded, sometimes I do not. In occasions where I expected to get carded, for example, when I bought a Riesling for a dinner a couple of weeks ago, I was expecting to get carded simply because it was a liquor store. But I didn't get carded.

On the other hand, while in Boston a month ago, I was dining with my parents, and they ordered a bottle of wine while I ordered a mixed drink. I got carded.

I am 27, thank you very much.

Another occasion, which was more than two years ago. I was in the supermarket. I bought cooking white wine, because I needed it for a recipe. Unfortunately, I didn't have my ID with me. I showed the cashier the recipe, and how all I purchased corresponded to the ingredients, and I also told her that if I wanted to chug a bottle of wine, I would buy real wine, not COOKING WINE, which was explicitly labeled in the bottle that I had. I was able to purchase it without ID.

Then I get carded for purposes other than buying alcohol as well. The other day, I was buying cold medicine, because I caught the cold for the second time this semester. I had to prove that I was over 18, since apparently, the cold medicine had dextromethorphan, and that was restricted to purchases by people over 18. I then got a piece of paper saying they were controlling the sale of this drug to prevent cold medicine abuse by teens.

Right. I guess it works, but still I find it a little absurd. Oh well, what can I do?



(Holocaust Fire, from my DC Buildings Series)

5 comments:

  1. It's the first time I've heard of the term "getting carded". Hey, you should be happy, at 27, you still look like a teen-ager. :)

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  2. You are 27... and you get carded...you must have a baby fac ! ;-)
    I envy you !

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  3. I don't think I have ever been carded for alcohol, but I rarely by any.

    Cigarettes, once in a while. Some store have this automated message that say "provide ID" when the cashier rings the pack. I have also been carded when I was wearing relaxed clothes (like on a Sunday), such as teeshirt and jeans.

    I found it weird at first, got used to it.

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  4. 8 years ago right after arriving in the US, I like it a lot when bouncers check us for ID's before entering bars/clubs in NYC - it made me feel young even if I'm so past 18 at the time ha ha ha!

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  5. Toe,

    I know, I just think of it as a compliment that people think I am young.

    Sidney,

    I dunno about baby faced, but hey, if people think I am young, all the better, eh?

    Zhu,

    Yeah, it is weird, but sometimes, the most unexpected things prompt you to be carded, like buying medication for example.

    TNP,

    Perhaps Caucasians just don't have a sense of age when it comes to Asians, that's why we get carded all the time!

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