Friday, July 13, 2007

More on beer and ID

A few weeks ago I made a short comment on an article in the blog at the Knoxville News about merchants collecting DL scans when you bought beer.

I think that's really bad stuff. In a later blog entry where they collected a few comments by other bloggers like me a commenter said
Posted by: Michael Silence at July 2, 2007 09:31 AM

A U.S. passport is a valid photo ID. It doesn't have a barcode, nor does it have your address on it.

While that's true, it's not really helpful.
A state does not have to accept ID from elsewhere to verify age to sell booze. They have to accept another state's DL for purposes of checking authorization to drive, or a passport for purposes of allowing you on an airplane. But for purposes of buying beer each state can require that you have an ID issued by them.

Beer is special. And I guess beer bought at a 7/11 is very special.


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