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I think I may be starting to look a little older.

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  1. twiggy

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    I'm on the younger side, 24.

    Until recently, I almost always got asked for ID when buying alcoholic beverages, and the few times I've bought cigars previously, before I took up pipe smoking a week ago.

    However ever since then, the multiple times I have bought alcohol and tobacco products, I was not once asked for ID, and that was at least 4 times, if not 5 in the last week.

    The drinking and smoking age in my province is 19.

    As I said, previously I almost always got asked for ID, the few times I didn't I was usually wearing my safety gear from work (steel toe boots, orange safety vest) because I made stops on my way home, which I think may have had some psychological effect on the cashiers making myself seem older.

    All this week though, I was just wearing regular clothing.

    My assumption as to why I am not being asked for ID anymore, usually, is that I am starting to look older, to the point where no one thinks I'm under 19 or 20, something around there.

    I am happy about this, I was always wondering when people will stop asking me for ID regularly, and it seems that time has finally come.

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    It's true, at 24, looking your age is a good thing since 24 is universally seen as young, except to 9-year-olds. After 30, you may begin to covet your younger-than-your-age appearance. On the job, sometimes men grow beards if they feel they are being passed up for promotions because of youth. I guess if you look quite young, you have to take care not to draw underage girl admirers. I'm at the age where it is pure flattery when clerks ask if I'm eligible for the senior discount. Usually, looking a little younger than your age is a good thing.

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    I was regularly ID'd by store clerks well past the age of 45 or so, as I look young for my age (so I'm told) and it always made me feel strange having to show my ID.

    Now that I'm 63, I keep hoping someone will ID me. Did you decide on a pipe yet?

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  4. twiggy

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    As far as a pipe goes, I'm not making any final decision until at least tomorrow, but there are a couple top candidates for sure.

    I find it strange too, that you were asked for ID all the way into your 40's. Even if you looked young for your age, at some point young for your age would still look older than 21 or whatever the age is where you are.

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    Some places the enforcement on selling to underage makes store managers insist that everyone be carded. It's a protestation by the store of compliance, not an actual doubt about most peoples' ages. I think I was carded into my thirties, which probably reflected I'd had a really good night's sleep. For some reason, early winter made me look temporarily older, maybe some dehydration. Those people at the fair or carnival who guess ages have specific "tells" they look for on age, folds under the chin, crows feet, hairline, and so on, that gets them pretty close to most peoples' ages.

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    Man I wish I was 24 again. I haven't been asked for my ID in many years lol. The only time it's ever happened is when I shaved my beard for a job interview (never again). But congrats, 24, 27, and 30 were all great ages, you got many things to look forward too! Cheers

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    As far as under age customers go, some stores are willing to knowingly do so.

    When I was in grade 9, 14 years old, there was a mall with a food court and a plaza walking distance from my high school where kids often went for lunch during the lunch period, also on that plaza was a convenience store, ran by a guy who knowingly sold under the table to us, I know because I went there with a group of peers once to do just that, buy cigarettes. A pack costed us $20, which I am sure is more than would be above board, but he was willing to knowingly sell underage so whatever, I guess.

    Only smoked for about a month then though, and usually one or two a weekday, trying to be "punk" as I was into punk rock back then.

    As far as I am concerned age wise, if someone is not yet an adult (that means 18) and it is obvious, then yes, don't sell to them. However if they look like they could be at least 18 but aren't and still decide to buy, then that's on them, not the retailer, same goes for alcohol, and porn.

    I don't like all this, 19, or 21, or whatever else stuff, if someone is legally an adult, someone is legally an adult, and not "legally an adult, except...".

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    Hell's bells. I never got carded when I was 16.

    Now that I'm 68, I get carded every damn time I walk into the store.

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    I'm 72 and I'm still asked for ID when purchasing alcohol. Here in South Carolina it's the law, regardless if you look 18 or 100.

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    Alaska law requires carding anyone and everyone for alcohol due to our infamous "red stripe" which when found on an ID indicates a person who has had so many alcohol related offenses (DUIs, etc.) they are no longer legally allowed to purchase alcohol. It is a real problem in our state, AK always ranks near the top of the list in drunk driving, as well as sexual assault (per capita anyway). Pretty damn shameful.

    I haven't been carded for tobacco purchases since the day I turned 19. It's like they magically know when you're of age the moment the calendar flips over.

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    I still get asked to show my ID..Not at stores but other places.It's not about age though.I'm almost 77.It's about proving I'm who I say I am.

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    I didn't know this until last night, but in Canada, as of march last year, someone underage (under 19), is not allowed in a tobacco store without an adult accompanying them.

    If I had known this earlier, I would have known that they didn't have any concerns about me, simply because of the fact that I always had to wait because they were helping someone else, and that they didn't pause and ask me for ID, considering I was always waiting at least 5 minutes.

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    People always used to think I looked 10 years younger than my age. I had thought that was no longer the case but still find folks are surprised I'm 65 when my age comes up.

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    I’m 52 and luckily still look young. Full head of hair and only a strand of unnoticeable grey here & there.

    People usually think I’m about 40. But I still never get carded anywhere.

    I have an uncle in his 90’s and his hair is still brown. Looks like he’s about 70

    Posted 1 month ago #

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