Thursday, April 5, 2012

Is There A Time Warp In Here Or Are You Just Messing With Me?

I'm 44 years old.  On a good day, I look 43½ .  On a bad day, maybe 50 or 55, I'm not sure.  One thing is for certain, though, the only time I look under 21 is in pictures that were taken when I was under 21.  Why am I telling you this?  Because there is a cashier at our local supermarket that insists on carding me every time I buy beer or wine.  Every. Time.

When I go shopping, I like to use the self check-out lanes (we call them U-Scan).  If I'm buying a few bottles of wine or a 12 pack of Landshark (I'm not much of a beer drinker, but Landshark just tastes like summer to me) the routine normally goes like this: I scan the product, look over to the cashier and wave, she waves back, overrides the age requirement and I put the beer or wine in a bag.  Easy, peasey.   Unless "Carol" (I don't know if that's her name) is working the U-Scan station.

The first time I came up against "Carol" I was buying a few bottles of wine.  I scanned the first one, looked over at her and waved, then waited for the screen to show that the age requirement had been waived.  I was still facing the U-Scan monitor when I saw her approach out of the corner of my eye.  She walked right up to me and stared without saying a word.  When I turned in her direction she said "I need to see your whole face."  She had already seen my whole face, but I guess I look 20 years younger in profile, who'd have thunk it?  Weird.

I gotta be honest, that sort of irritated me.  There are dozens of different cashiers in that store and no one had ever behaved that way whether I was going through the U-Scan or a full service lane.

A week or so ago, I found myself once again checking out in the U-Scan with "Carol" running the station.  I scanned all of my other groceries first and saved the wine to the end.  I dragged the bottle over the scanner and waved to her (making sure she could see my whole face) so that she could see I was "of age" to purchase alcohol.  Still, she came over and stared at me.  I asked if she wanted my birth date and she said she did.  "Three eighteen sixty-eight," I said.  She just stood there and continued to stare, so next I asked if she wanted to see my ID.  Yes, it turned out, she did.  "Do I look under 21 to you?" I asked her.  "Maybe," she said, "but that could be because I'm so old."  Using that logic, she could mistake my 12 year old daughter for a toddler.  I had no idea what she meant but I showed her my ID through the window in my wallet.  I was just waiting for her to insist I take it out so she could hold it up to the light.    

So what's the deal with this woman?  Could she be against the purchase of alcohol in general or is it just me she has a problem with?  Does she know that Prohibition was repealed in 1933?  I know that stores have to protect themselves from selling to underage customers, but come on, do I look anywhere close to 21 to you?



Kara said...

That my friend is what they call a first world problem. I would take it as a compliment and not let it bother you to much. Some day she will stop doing it and you may even miss it.
I can see how it could be a pain in the neck though...I hate when the markets make us use those stupid cards that track every single thing we buy.
I vacation on Lake Willoughby in Vermont with my family every year. It is so pretty there.

Nezzy said...

Yep girlfriend, I'd just take it as a complement and go on.

Ya should see how mad my son The Geek gets when someones asks if I'm his wife. Ya can hear the NNnnnnnooooo! ~~for miles. Heeehehehe!!! I just smile!

God bless ya sweetie an have a marvelous Easter Weekend!!! :o)

bill lisleman said...

Would it be different if the clerk was a man? I worked a beer tent a few times at a local summer fest and the women seem to love me carding them.

Raoulysgirl said...

My sister is 10 yrs. older than me. I'm 32, she's 42. For the record, I can say (in complete honesty) that she does NOT look even 10 yrs. older than me. Probably no more than 5.

However, this weekend, we were out and about together with my 5 yr. old. THREE people made a comment to my sister about how cute her GRANDDAUGHTER is. (She doesn't look old enough to have grandchildren, either.) This is not the first time this has happened either. And, of course, I always feel like a jackass because...well...I don't exactly know why. Some people just need to pay attention!!! =)

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

i would just take it as a compliment, my friend.

i feel you, it's pretty annoying when the markets make us use those stupid cards. i mean come on!

wish you and yours a very happy and blessed easter!

big hugs!

Jenny said...

I think I'd just have to hug her.

But, hey, that's just me.


Cute post.

SMJ said...

My thoughts are:

1.) Carol is hot for you.
2.) Carol takes things waay too seriously.
3.) Carol likes to bother people - in which case act like you LOVE showing your ID & have it ready before scanning. Wave it in the air like you just don't care. This will piss Carol off because you have taken all her fun of slowing you down away. She will think twice in the future.