Love+the+Way+We+Bitch

Archives | RSS

Angry? Mad as hell and you can't take it anymore? Get something off your chest and it could be published online and/or in print. Bitches are anonymous and may be edited for length, grammar, spelling and our lenient standards of propriety.

Submit a Bitch

Pin It
Favourite

Thursday, July 26, 2012

ID under 65

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What a bad experience I had on Canada Day, visiting Halifax for the first time in almost five years with my wife who had never been. We went down to Alderney Landing to catch the free concert and fireworks and got in line for the beer tent. Then, when my wife presented her valid, English language identification card she was informed that she wouldn’t be allowed in without her passport. Passport? Because she is not Canadian she needs a passport to drink? My wife is 35 years old. She is Korean. Although my wife may look young for her age, it would seem to me impossible to mistake her for being under nineteen---but perhaps I am overestimating the intelligence of the security staff. I protested. He told me that he had to ID anyone who appeared to be under 65 years old; that if a liquor inspector were to come to the event and find her without a passport, he would be liable. 65 years old?

This is the policy of a lunatic. It serves no one. The organizers of the event have to spend extra money on security staff to meticulously check the ID of every person entering the drinking area. Further, they earn less money from beer sales than they could because of all those people well into adulthood who are unaccustomed to bringing along an ID to enter a drinking establishment. But the worst part of all is the message that this passport nonsense sends to international visitors to the city: you are unwelcome. That’s exactly how my wife felt: discriminated against for being a foreigner.

Even if we could have enjoyed a perfect evening without consuming alcohol, the arbitrary incivility of all this put enough of a damper on things that we were rather annoyed for the rest of the night. I’ve used my Canadian ID as proof of age in Korea. I know, furthermore, that a Korean driver’s licence is acceptable to drive in Canada. But the ID of a foreign woman who is unmistakably older than 19 is not enough? Whose genius idea is this and why haven’t they been fired? What excessive IDing policies like this do is inconvenience tens of thousands of people on the off-chance that one underager in a million might slip through and get a beer. God forbid that an underage person consumes alcohol. I mean, we all know what will happen then---like everyone else we know, he or she will grow up into a well-adjusted member of our community, maybe, like many others, to be employed as bar security. —Married and of Age

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Latest in Love the Way We Bitch

Comments (18)

Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

Remember, it's entirely possible to disagree without spiralling into a thread of negativity and personal attacks. We have the right to remove (and you have the right to report) any comments that go against our policy.

© 2021 Coast Publishing Ltd.