This is fairly weak sauce, as Pittings go, but:
What the heck is up with Gamestop’s ID check policy?
I just got sworn into the Maryland bar last night, and I figured I’d earned a “you rock” gift. So, I went to Gamestop and bought a copy of Bioshock.
Now, I am a 26-year-old lawyer. When I went to the store, I was wearing a business suit, tie, and shirt with French cuffs and my old legal clinic’s official cufflinks. I’m a fairly young-looking guy - I could easily pass for a man in his early twenties, and for years I had to bring two forms of ID with me to bars in order to ensure I wouldn’t be accused of using fakes. But there is no way on Ford’s green Earth that I could pass for under 18 - almost certainly not under any circumstances, and certainly not in my lawyer costume.
Nonetheless, when I went to the checkout counter, the clerk said, “ID, please.”
I actually blinked. “You’re serious?”
Come on, Gamestop. I know you’ve chosen to adopt the (absurd, IMHO) policy that you ID for Mature-rated game purchases. But videogames aren’t tobacco, or alcohol - they aren’t regulated, and you won’t face fines if you accidentally sell to a minor. No one is going to get drunk or stoned on Bioshock, and drive off a bridge. So, when a fellow walks in who is absolutely, clearly, unambiguously not a minor, it’s needlessly, pointlessly annoying to demand an ID.