Brian Zimmerman, writing for the Palladium-Item, has an article on the new liquor sale ID law which prohibits sale of alcohol to anyone who can’t show you a valid ID. (I’m presuming that’s the gist – the article doesn’t give a code cite or law number, and I’m too lazy to go hunting at the moment.)
This makes sense when you’re carding folks who are under, say, forty. But when you have to card the 70 year old lady who has been coming in to buy ripple from you for the past 15 years, it’s kind of stupid. The problem is that, to make the law flexible enough to eliminate these absurdities, you probably have to trust people with some discretion. And, I think we can all agree that discretion is too dangerous to contemplate when the consequence could be a nineteen year old with beer. The mind recoils at the horror.