Out Of State, Out Of Mind, Part 3

| Ohio, USA | Working | March 23, 2013

(I am a 25-year-old male visiting a college town in Ohio. Whilst there, I decide to pick up some alcohol for myself and my girlfriend.)

Cashier: “Did you find everything okay today, sir?”

Me: “Yes I did.”

Cashier: “I’m going to have to see some ID for these purchases.”

Me: “No problem.”

(I hand over my UK passport.)

Cashier: “I’m sorry, this isn’t acceptable ID.”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Cashier: “We only accept government-issued ID.”

Me: “It’s a valid passport issued by the government.”

Cashier: “Sorry, I can’t accept this. Do you have any other ID’s? Ohio State driver’s license?”

Me: “No, I’m on vacation here. I don’t have a state ID.”

Cashier: “Well, I’m sorry, but I can’t sell you the alcohol without a government-issued ID.”

Me: “But it IS government-issued!”

Cashier: “Sorry, sir.”

Me: “Can you call a manager please?”

Cashier: “Certainly…”

(I wait about ten minutes for the manager to appear.)

Manager: “What seems to be the trouble here?”

Cashier: “He’s trying to buy alcohol without ID.”

Me: “Excuse me, but I DO have ID.”

(I show the manager my passport.)

Cashier: “But it’s not government-issued.”

Me: “It IS government-issued.”

Manager: “I’m sorry, but we can’t accept this as a valid form of ID.”

Me: “Wait, just so I’m clear on this; my passport, which allows me to travel freely across the world, issued by the UK government, won’t allow me to purchase alcohol in the state of Ohio?”

Manager: “Well… not in this store, anyway.”

Me: “You do realise this is a college town and a vast percentage of the students are foreign. Therefore, they don’t have Ohio driver’s licenses?”

Manager: “Yes, but you can’t buy alcohol with this document.”

Me: “Forget it! I’ll go to the liquor store up the road.”

(I ended up going to the liquor store up the road, where they served me without a problem.)


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