People never fail to amaze me, especially when I am at my waitressing job. I had yet another group of people that lacked any kind of sense at all and should never be allowed to go out in public.
It was this past Friday night and I was told I would be waiting on a large table. Good, no problem, might make some money. They all arrived on time and were seated by our lovely hostesses and I was rejoicing in the fact that there were no small children with them. It is always my luck that when I get large parties it is all kids which means kid meals and constant drink refills. Not to mention the parents rarely control them and it is just a suck fest in general. However, by the end of the night I would have preferred the kids.
Turns out these people were here to celebrate one of the guest's 21st birthday. That was another good sign. Booze equals tips, generally. I start taking drink orders and the girl whose birthday it was ordered her drink and I asked for ID, just like I had every other person that ordered. She hands me her license and I knew I was in trouble. Turns out that her birthday was the previous day and that her license had expired at midnight on her birthday. It is against the law for me to accept the ID. I informed her that it was expired and asked if she had anything else. She told me she went and got her license renewed and handed me the piece of paper the RMV gives you until your license arrives. Problem is I can't take that either. It states in big black writing across it THIS IS NOT A VALID FORM OF ID.
Now I have 24 pissed off people. I asked if she had a passport but it turns out she left it at home. Her parents informed that they were there when she was born and could vouch for her. Ah....ya.....the State of Massachusetts doesn't consider that a valid form of ID either. I told them they could talk to the manager and they were happy with that as they figured they would get him to approve.
I ran over and got my manager and filled him it. He went right over and the girl's drunk boyfriend got in his face. Then the parents gave it to him. He explained the policy of the restaurant and the laws in the State. They countered him with "they accepted it at Chili's". Well good for Chili's, let them get screwed. They informed the manager that they were going to go to the bar next door and he said they could try but it wouldn't be accepted there. They called the bar and were told again that they would not be let in. So they were stuck.
They stayed and ate dinner. They were pissed at me the whole time and it was a very crappy night because of it. I can't understand why people don't get that the law is the law. If I had served her and been caught I would have been fined $2000. Yes, me, not the restaurant. Granted the restaurant would be fined as well, maybe even lose their liquor license but they wouldn't have to pay MY fine. I don't understand why people would be willing to put a hard working waitress in that position over a drink.
So there it was, another stellar night in my life. One of these day I will win the lottery and won't have to deal with crap like this anymore. Someday soon I hope.