posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 11:55 PM
It's a new mandate. I work at a convenience store in IL and we received a notice about this last week. We are now required to check the ID of every
person buying cigarettes that appears to be under 27. There are supposed to be stings to make sure stores are in compliance with the new
Quite frankly, I'm more than ready to get out of the business. The expectations and penalties put upon cashiers for this is getting out of control.
We run a fast-paced business and we are not morons. We know our customers and card anyone we do not know who appears under-age. Under the new
mandate, if we are caught not carding a customer who appears 27 or under, we can be fired and fined according to the law, even if we know said
customer and are aware of their age. The way it is written, if my husband comes in and asks to purchase cigarettes, I have to card him, even though I
know his age. If a "secret shopper" catches me not IDing, I can be punished.
I don't really believe it's about protecting the children anymore. I don't think it ever really was. I think it's about controlling the people
and seeing how much we will take.