stolen id what happens if a liquor store takes your fake id

stolen id what happens if a liquor store takes your fake id

Bring ID

  Places that sell alcohol don’t guess, they ask. Bring ID.
You’ve heard it before. You’re standing at the checkout of your neighbourhood liquor store, in a hurry to get to your buddy’s place, when the clerk awkwardly asks, “Can I please see some ID?” You respond by rolling your eyes and think to yourself, does this clerk not notice my one grey hair? Or the tiny little wrinkle across my forehead? I mean it’s obvious that I’m an adult. Isn’t it?

  In a word, no. Age is not obvious. And it’s not up to clerks to try and guess your age. A clerk at a liquor store or a server at a restaurant can get into trouble for selling or serving alcohol to anyone under 18. It’s against the law. People who sell or serve alcohol are required by law to ask for ID from anyone who looks youthful. There are people well into their thirties that may look youthful and get asked for ID. Take it as a compliment, you look young! Believe me, one day you’ll wish you were being asked for ID.

  So now that you understand why you are being asked for ID, you need to make sure you actually have valid ID on you. It doesn’t matter if you know the clerk at the liquor store or the bartender at the restaurant. It’s simply the law. Click here for examples of acceptable ID.

  Please don’t ever try to use a fake ID to buy alcohol. It’s illegal. People that sell and serve alcohol are trained to spot fake IDs.

  So the next time a clerk at a liquor store asks to see your ID, give them a smile, proudly show your valid ID, and you can both go on with your days.

Do fakes work in liquor stores?

  Minors Consuming Alcohol

  Moreover, fake IDs often work, particularly in liquor stores that still use manual age verification. A well-made fake ID is almost indistinguishable from a real one, particularly to the naked eye.

  Laws vary by state, but the most common consequences for having a fake ID are getting charged with a misdemeanor (a felony in some states), losing your driver’s license, paying a hefty fine, or even serving some time in jail.

  Can a fake ID be successfully used to buy alcohol or tobacco at a store? Sure, of course you can use your fake ID at a grocery store. You can use it any place you choose.

  Katie Foster, a server at Buffalo Wild Wings, said she sees about three fake IDs a week. BW3’s alcohol policy does not accept any ID that is damaged, bent, scratched, or chipped, giving her an easy way to deal with the situation.

  A liquor’s proof is calculated by doubling the percentage of alcohol in the liquid. So, vodka that contains 30 percent alcohol would be 60 proof.

  While some people may think drivers license scanners just scan to ensure it’s a real ID or verify their age, it actually pulls up all of the information stored on the card. This information may include the person’s address, date of birth, height, eye color, and sometimes even Social Security number.

  Nevada law takes underage gambling very seriously, resulting in misdemeanor charges and other grave consequences in Las Vegas. Even if you gain entry into a casino with a fake ID, you’ll have to hand it to the authorities to receive anything you win while gambling. …

  These laws prohibit anyone from making or selling false documents, altering legitimate documents, purchasing them, using them, or possessing them. Possession crimes are likely the most common, and you can be charged with a fake ID crime even if you never try to use it to try, for example, to illegally buy cigarettes.

  If you are caught using a fake ID, you may only be asked to leave or be given an informal citation. … In Western Australia, you’ll get a $200 fine (at least) on the spot for using a fake ID. In New South Wales, this fine is around $220. In Queensland, however, the fine varies from $353 to $589.

  2. Not asking for any ID is the most common reason a minor is served. … While fake IDs are in the mix of minors trying to get alcohol, establishments don’t catch them because they simply aren’t checking IDs at all.

  Feel around the photo, birth date and edges of the card, especially cards enclosed in plastic. (Anything unusual such as pin pricks, lifted laminate, laminate that’s thicker than usual, glued-on photographs, wrinkles, bumps and air bubbles could mean the ID has been tampered with.)

Liquor stores see surge in underage fake ID usage

  It's no secret many teens and young adults who aren't old enough to drink will do what they can to get their hands on alcohol. 

  Mac Thurston is the owner of Mac's Beer & Wine Midtown Liquor and has recently noticed a growing number of authentic-looking fake identification cards presented by underage customers at his Midtown Atlanta store.

  "It's something we're always vigilant about. It's always there. It's always happening and it's scary how good the cards look," said Thurston, who is also the president of the Georgia Alcohol Dealers Association.

  His business is located on Peachtree Place and sits in close proximity to several Atlanta colleges. He said staff members have confiscated about 90 fake ID cards this semester with an application designed by Intellicheck — a tech company that verifies government-issued ID cards.

  "It either goes green for go, yellow means we need to hold this sale for just a moment and take a little closer look at the ID, but if it hits red, no go. No sale," said Thurston.

  At Mac's, that's an automatic confiscation of the fake card. In the rare event that someone wants to dispute a red result, there's an officer on duty who can run the card against state records.

  "At that point, a lot of people understand OK, game over," said Thurston, who's been in business 34 years.

  Intellicheck CEO Bryan Lewis said young people order a lot of authentic-looking cards online from vendors overseas. But many fraudulent identity card makers are directly targeting fraternities, sororities and even high school students who are willing to pay good money for a bad card.

  "The criminals now have this down to a science where they can even print these in the back of a van with a generator and a high-quality printer and just order the right plastic from China. The pricing I was looking at for Georgia, if you order one by yourself, it's $200. If you order one with one a friend, it's $80 or four or more and they drop to $70 dollars," said Lewis.

  Lewis said clients have reported a higher volume of authentic-looking fake identification cards all across the country. He hopes state lawmakers will crackdown on the problem, but said in the meantime, parents should intervene.

  "Make sure the kids know you can get into serious trouble for this. Depending on where you're at, you can get charged with felonies for having these fake IDs. But if states don't change the laws, people that want to just let kids have it are going to do it because all they'll do is look at the license and they're absolved of any liability and that needs to change," Lewis added.

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stolen id what happens if a liquor store takes your fake id