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apparently buying games is as serious as buying alcohol or something.


well, according to best buy anyways, I have ranted about being carded in the past but this made me furious. Today I went to buy call of duty MW 2, Its a M game, I am walking into best buy with my dad to get it, my dad is 50, I get to the cashier to pay. I am paying for my game with my money and my dad happens to be there with me. We were both up at the register so you could tell we were together, its not like he wondered off or anything. Before I pay she looks at me and ask for my ID. She doesn't care that my dad is also there, she doesn't bother to use the insulting "is it ok for him to have this" like, she wants my ID since apparently the game is for me. This blew my mind, I mean why question if a guy can have a game when his parent is up there with him.
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We're they checking for age verification or just to see that name matched a credit/debit card?

When I worked at circuit city we had to do the same crap all the time. I really hated doing it, but we were told cameras were recording us and that should something come back we'd be fired.

But yeah being carded is always embarrassing, I always tried asking in a nice way.
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I look younger than my age, I mostly get somewhere between the vicinity of 12-18 from guessers and I'm 23....I could tell you countless stories about people mis-interpreting my age but I'll save it unless specifically asked for that. Anyway, I know how frustrating it can be, but you also have to look at it from their point of view. If they sale a game to a minor they can get in serious trouble for it, so I think they just do it to avoid legal problems. Thank God I don't smoke or drink, so I don't get carded on a regular basis cus then it migt just add up

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I paid with cash. I know it is a store policy for some places to ID suspected underage people. I would have not made a topic if it was just being IDed. What set me off was asking for my ID when I was with my dad. When you see an person in the late teens(or 20 like me) but they still look young enough to where they maybe be some doubt in age and they happen to be with a parent you can either assume that

A) the parent is with him so its ok regardless of how old he is

B) the parent is with him but I think I'll just ask if its ok with the parent anyways.

asking for an ID while the parent is there is like saying "I don't care what your parents let you do, how they understand what kind of person you are and what you can have, the rating system has greater authority than what you parents can say and is a better judge of what you should or should not be playing".

I know some will probably say that stores have a policy to ID everyone on certain products so someone had to show it but after giving her and angry ""im 20" comment she said "sorry, you could pass for 16" instead of "sorry, we have to card everyone for M games".
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Can you grow facial hair or do you already have any? Maybe a light beard will help.
it definitely will. i've been growing my facial hair for 8 weeks and now i don't get carded even when buying alcohol. i thought the reason was because it was mostly beer from a corner store but today i went to a liquor store and bought a bottle of vodka and wasn't asked either. it's nice!
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What, you have to be 21 to get call of duty MW2? That's ridiculous.

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u have to be 17, thats so stupid, whenever i was with my mom they never said anything

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Well 17..I guess since the mature rating says 17+ right?? But that is stupid how that person carded you..
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Gah, that sucks. I know I'm sick of being thought of as a 15-17 year old.
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Dont sweat it dude. I just got the game and they were checking everybodies IDs at game stop too. Apparently there is are some controversial parts of the game. I only play online so I wouldnt know.

If it makes you feel any better Im 27 and I still get carded for cigarettes. Dont sweat the person behind the counter. Its not personal, they probably just dont like their job or are having a bad day.

The other day I went to a Baseball game and they carded some 50-60 year old man for beer. He didnt have his ID and was pissed but they're just doing their job.
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I got carded for MW:2 today also and im 22. Dont worry about it, its better to look young while you still can cause when they don't card you anymore, youre gonna wish they did.
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Apparently there is are some controversial parts of the game.
Yeah there is a mission where you play as an under cover guy with some terrorists and you gun down a bunch of civilians in an airport.
But I don't see what all the fuss was about, the mission is pretty short and you don't even have to kill the civilians. I was expecting something alot worse... and besides, they're just pixels for crying out loud.
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I was 27 and carded for beer at a pizza place while sitting there with my parents.

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i went to the casino with my parents on saturday night and one of the security guards said, "she can't come in here," and pointed at me. geez, wanna check my i.d first?

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I can undestand your frustration looking stupidly young myself - but as someone else posted they're just trying to do their job. Over here in the UK some stores don't let minors buy games even with a parent with them, from what I've observed though it's a optional policy that's up to the cashier.

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Going on your main complaint as to why they carded you even though your dad was there. They carded you because you were making the purchase, not your dad. Now lets say you were underage with your dad there. They couldnt sell it to you but your dad could hand it to them and pay for it. That makes the transaction between your dad and the store. What he does with it afterwards is not their concern. It's just a way to remove liability from them. If people weren't so sue happy nowadays we wouldnt have this problem.

Who knows, they might have even carded your dad too. I know when I was a doorman at a bar I carded everyone regardless of how old they looked. It wasn't my job to guess someones age, it was my job to verify their age. I could only do that by looking at ID. It made me feel bad when I had to give some 50yo lady a hard time about not having her ID but I left it up to management to let her in.
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well, according to best buy anyways, I have ranted about being carded in the past but this made me furious. Today I went to buy call of duty MW 2, Its a M game, I am walking into best buy with my dad to get it, my dad is 50, I get to the cashier to pay. I am paying for my game with my money and my dad happens to be there with me. We were both up at the register so you could tell we were together, its not like he wondered off or anything. Before I pay she looks at me and ask for my ID. She doesn't care that my dad is also there, she doesn't bother to use the insulting "is it ok for him to have this" like, she wants my ID since apparently the game is for me. This blew my mind, I mean why question if a guy can have a game when his parent is up there with him.
Rules are rules, and cashiers don't have the right to disregard them (at least, not if they still want a job).

Getting carded sucks, but it's hardly something to be outraged about.
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Because of people like Jack Thompson. When I was a kid, I mean like 12, I remember buying Mature titles all by myself. Then jackass Thompson comes along and ruins it for younger people. Welcome to nanny America. Where we baby people so they never have to grow up and take responsibility for their own lives.
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