I think I had about 3 drinks ever underage, because I was one who looked quite young for a long time. “They” carded me until I was into my thirties. I was carded for alcohol, cigarettes, (which didn’t happen often in the 80s when I was underage but happened more frequently in the 90s when I was getting close to 30) lottery tickets, and once for just sitting in a mall coffee shop, having a coffee and some lunch on my way to my next homecare client.
I was 26 and I had a truant officer hassle me> “Where are you supposed to be right now?”
I gave him a blank look.
You know you aren’t supposed to be in here on your spare, Missy."He points to a sign saying “No high school students allowed during school hours.”
Missy? Spare? Oh, right. “Look, I am on my way to work, I’m 26! And pulled out my drivers licence”
He got flustered and looked at the license. He walked away, muttering.
Now when I help my boyfriend run shows especially “all ages” shows I am often left to check IDs. Its funny the body language usually gives it away long before I can spot if someone is 19, especially for the boys. In general if a girl looks about 12 but has an ID she is probably the right age. The really young ones don’t try to pass. I have ID’d 30 year olds though, and make their day.