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Why your fake ID won’t work at Darwin’s Liquors

This is what happens when you use a fake ID at Darwin’s Liquors. 

In December, the owner of Darwin’s Liquors was fined $7,500 for selling alcohol to minors. In order to protect his business and ensure authorities that he was obeying the law, the store’s owner had to buy the card scanning device shown in the video above for another $3,700.

The device checks for all of the above categories. It's full proof.

The device checks for all of the above categories. It’s full proof. This is what happened when I scanned my real drivers license that says I’m 20.

Fines for liquor stores are cumulative and can eventually lead to the loss of a business’s liquor license, obviously a costly consequence.

Authorities sent undercover minors to purchase alcohol from Darwin’s on three separate occasions. The first incident did not result in a fine, while the second and third missteps cost the business $150 and $1,000 respectively. On the fourth occasion, the store sold alcohol to minors who presented fake IDs, but these particular customers were not sent by the police to expose the business. Instead, officers staked out the store and confronted these minors.

Public records show that the officers confronted 21 minors on nine separate incidences over the course of 17 days, and only four of them presented officers with fraudulent IDs. The rest exercised their right to refuse being searched.

“I was trying to keep [the owner] from getting in trouble,” said one of the customers who showed a fake ID to the police.

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E-Mail Fail c/o JP Morgan

E-mail is a great invention, but the unfortunate truth is that with every good invention come a hundred different ways to misuse it. Since its conception, a far-too-large contingent has taken to abusing e-mail. Moms send unfunny YouTube videos. Coworkers forward inspiring stories about puppies. Teachers send assignments when they’re sick.

But screw-up of the month goes to an undisclosed JP Morgan intern who decided to advertise an after-work party with a blast email. His dad’s connections intelligence was obviously not enough to provide him with the good sense to advertise the bar party on Facebook like a normal irresponsible amateur promoter. Moreover, he also decided to stress (in bold and underlined) that “ReUnion is not strict on IDs so if you have a fake you will be fine.” In the next hour, he sent two follow-up emails: one declaring that he would move all future emails to another address, and the other stressing that the party would be 21+ and that he does not condone underage drinking. With guys like this as the future leaders of our financial institutions, a 2030 recession is inevitable. What kind of historically aware name is the lamestream media gonna give that bad boy? Great Recession’s been taken. Maybe they’ll go back to 19th century panic language. The Panic of 2030…sounds majestic. Anyway, this silly summer hire has clearly learned why work e-mail is called work e-mail.


Life after (FishCo) death: When fakes won’t work

Olives on North Main
An easy stroll down the hill
Viva la Meatball!

Oh, Colosseum
New hub of debauchery
18-plus is huuuuge.

This morning’s Herald featured an article comparing Olives and Colosseum, the two bars trying to fill the Wednesday night void following FishCo’s demise last semester. In light of FishCo’s underage patron woes, both profiles address the “strict identification-checking policy” at the new venues. Before attempting to use your “less than legitimate” form of identification, you might want to check out the “Do’s and Don’ts of Faux Identification” on BlogDailyWashingtonSquare (NYU Local). While some of the tips are New York specific, most of them hold true to Providence as well. Continue Reading