Older Utahns continued to get carded for buying beer — even in Idaho

Tuesday , January 09, 2018 - 6:00 AM2 comments

I am a retired North Ogden resident. Recently, when I was at the North Ogden Smith’s Food King, purchasing food items and a 12-pack of beer, the clerk asked for my I.D. Knowing the Utah liquor laws, I showed her my identification, as she may have suspected I was underage. Who knows if I or someone in the area may have been a Division of Alcoholic Beverages agent checking that the law is followed?

A year ago at the South Ogden Buffalo Wild Wings, everyone in our group — ranging from age 3 to 74 — ordered a beer, except for my 3-year-old granddaughter, who ordered juice. The waiter asked my friend’s wife, who was 74 years old, for her identification. She had left her I.D. in the car and did not want to get it. The waiter, per Utah law, would not serve her a beer. She then ordered a water. No one at the table offered to share their beer with her, as that would have been against the law.

My mom, who is 85 years old, was at a Wingers restaurant in Pocatello, Idaho. She was asked to show her identification when she ordered a beer. Asked why she should show her I.D., the explanation was that Wingers is a Utah-based restaurant.

Who knew? Maybe my mom or someone in the restaurant was a DABC agent.

Michael Dellos

North Ogden

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