posted on Mar, 15 2013 @ 06:41 AM
Having read the replies I am going to state something else, that should be:
There are 2 sides to this issue, and ultimately, it can be a problem in the USA for the convience store employee. Most of the laws are geared to
punish the employee and convience store for selling to someone who is underage. The laws are very clear in this aspect and can range from thousands
of dollars to loss of liscence on the part of the business. Some would say that the industry hires idiots, but personally from my experience, not all
of us are idiots, but don't need that kind of trouble. A job should not be worth the pack of cigarettes or a 6 pack of beer, but if it is sold to
someone who is not of age, it becomes just that, and a criminal record to boot. In short it sucks, and ultimately is a world of hurt on the employee
who is just trying to do their job, make that sale and work in a fast pace, stressful industry as it stands.
But here too is the problem is that this goes back to the parents, who are demanding that the government solve a problem that they themselves often
are not willing to take care of. And the laws reflect that, don't punish the child, but punish the source. Many of the more stricter stores that do
ID everyone, there is a good chance that they have been busted before for underage sales and ultimately have faced fines and possibly lost liscense to
sell those products, all cause of one mistake or a person who did not want to follow the rules. And those fines can get up there, the lose of a
liscense can pretty much ruin the entire store. Think about it, one pack of cigarettes ment that the store is no longer allowed to sell any tobacco
products and now is going to go under cause that is their main stay.
It is also that the government decided that smoking and tobacco is bad and that its citizens should not be doing such, thus it is slowly trying to
make it hard and an inconvience for doing such. While it varies from state to state on the punishment, the bottom line is this, the person who
provides age control products to someone who is underage is breaking the law, and ultimately when they are caught, face criminal charges, thousands of
dollars worth of fines and ultimately can lose everything they worked for, and pretty much will be without a job, all for one beer, or one cigarette.
Blaming a company is not the answer, as they are trying to protect themselves, and usually these kinds of policies come out after the fact, to show
the courts that they are serious about following the laws.
And if you look at the laws, who get punished more, the employee or the child? It is the employee that bears the brunt of the punishment, the child
gets off scott free, and the parents do nothing, but demand from the government that they make tougher choices, opening a door that ultimately leads
to the nanny state approach.