>Buying Ice? Not If You’re Under 21!

7 Jul

>Indiana’s liquor law got a little tougher; you now have to show ID to buy booze no matter how old you look. Perhaps there was a spate of purchasing by by underage, gifted theatre students? –Whatev’; Prohibition’s legacy just accreted another layer, yackety-schmackety, legislative bloat-as-usual….

Except it’s gone a bit stranger than usual; liquor store owners, havin’ read the law with a wary eye and mindful of the scant discretion granted Excisemen, are carding everyone, for every purchase. Buy a bag of ice, a jar of pickled onions or a bottle of (irony alert) Canada Dry? Not if you’re under 21!

While I, for one, eagerly await the day they ban Sunday ice sales to keep us safe from the scourge of Demon…vodka and grapefruit juice (at least we oughta ban cold ice — think of the children!), Indiana State Excise Police are considerably less amused. A bit swamped with calls and queries, they’re pointing out, “…it’s not state law that you have to show an ID to purchase non-alcoholic items….” Good luck winnin’ that argument with the hired help at Gin To Go, though; she’s just trying to avoid getting tripped up and if that means carding you over a pack of gum, hey, no problem. Papers, please and that’ll be $1.298!

Carrie Nation, thy ax has become a clipboard; thy pledge, a mere stumbling-block. But oh, your spirit haunts the spirits forever more, in tight-lipped fear that someone, somewhere, might be enjoyin’ themselves without having all the forms filled out and every name listed and checked twice. …If then….

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5 Responses to “>Buying Ice? Not If You’re Under 21!”

  1. Anonymous 7 July 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    >The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.I hope liquor stores ask people walking by their stores for ID.The best way to get rid of a law is to zealously enforce it.Shootin' Buddy

  2. Rob K 7 July 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    >"The best way to get rid of a law is to zealously enforce it" and hand out business cards with the senate phone number to encourage complaints…

  3. MO Bro 8 July 2010 at 2:27 am #

    >Yeah, what Rob K said!

  4. mikee 8 July 2010 at 7:58 am #

    >I hold my ID up so my picture and my DOB show, but not my name. That I use my concealed handgun license for such purposes likely explains the quick, polite service that I receive.

  5. Anonymous 8 July 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    >"That I use my concealed handgun license for such purposes likely explains the quick, polite service that I receive."Cannot do that in Indiana as we do not have photos.Maybe I'll use my Florida license!Shootin' Buddy

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