In reply to all this talk about not being able to tell a fake id from a real one, it doesn't take a brain surgeon or rocket scientist to figure this out. Most, if not all, states have discontinued issuing the old style laminate ids which were the easiest to fake. New ids generally have some kind of a holographic sticker over the top, ghosted or watermark images, and other stuff that's hard to fake. When you check the id hold it by the edges and even bend it slightly (not enough to cause permanent damage of course!) to see if it seems unusually thick or if the sticker flakes/cracks, then it's probably fake. As for overseas ids, I don't know, but they'd all have passports, no? But then again, I don't know how hard it is to fake a passport... Although the photocopied id is a great idea it's not technically a valid form of identification for obtaining alcohol since anyone with photoshop can whip one up... You are within your rights to reject any id you don't feel 100% about, and if your patron pitches a fit about their questionable id then you probably don't want them at your bar anyway.
My first few years at BM I thought carding was pretty pointless and it did piss me off. Then I had to get a server's permit for work and after sitting through that boring ass 4 hour class I did have have a new appreciation for the laws, they are not there to inconvenience you or piss you off, they're just there to keep everybody SAFE. So now on the playa if I'm not carrying my id because I'm afraid I'll lose it, I'm carrying my own liquor in my travel dust proof sippy-cup instead.
I'm not trying to tell anyone what to do with their bar, card or don't, whatever, but you guys who are getting so irate over people just trying to be responsible, give it a rest. There was enough negativity on the playa last year... If I forget my id and a bar won't serve me, I'm not going to take it personally, and I kindly suggest that you don't either.
Serve on bars! and have a fun, safe (dare I say it) responsible time!
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