Skittish About The British

| Working | October 9, 2013

(I am visiting my girlfriend at college. I am a chef by profession. I am buying a bottle of red wine to cook with for a few of her friends.)

Checkout Lady: “I need to see some ID for this wine.”

(I pull out a valid British passport. It shows I am 23.)

Checkout Lady: “Sorry, I have no idea what this is.”

Me: “It’s a British Passport.”

Checkout Lady: “What state was this issued in?”

Me: “It wasn’t. It was issued in England, where I live. I’m just visiting right now.”

Checkout Lady: “I can’t accept ID that isn’t American.”

Me: “Why not?”

Checkout Lady: “It’s corporate policy. It needs to be an American ID.”

Me: “That’s rather discriminatory; can I speak to a manager?”

Checkout Lady: “Well you don’t have to shop here!”

(A manager comes over.)

Manager: “Is everything alright here?”

Me: “No, I’m being told that because I’m not American, I cannot buy this bottle of wine to cook with. I have valid ID, it is just from another country.”

(The manager takes a look at my passport.)

Manager: “I’m sorry; this isn’t American, and we can’t accept this.”

(I have had enough at this point, and leave everything on the checkout counter without paying for it. I go across town to another store, and approach a staff member.)

Me: “Excuse me, but before I do my shopping here, do you accept passports as a valid form of ID?”

Employee: “Of course we do! Who doesn’t accept passports as valid ID?”

Me: “You’d be surprised…”

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