All my life I have been told that I looked or acted very mature for my age. I always took this as a compliment and whenever I went out to buy beer or cigarettes I was never really carded. That is until yesterday when I went to my local grocery store to buy beer. When I went up to pay the clerk was looking at me suspiciously.
“Can I see some ID” he said sternly as if to scare me.
I obliged and showed him my Texas ID.
“Am I supposed to believe that is you? “ he said sarcastically.
“Yeah” I responded just as sarcastically.
Sensing that I was not going to go anywhere he then asked to see my Drivers License.
Not wanting to make a big scene I took out my license and showed it to him.
“Yeah this does not look anything like you. You don’t look a day over 18. This is probably your big sisters ID isn’t it?”
I do have a big sister who looks nothing like me but for the sake of argument I responded by saying I did not have an older sister and I demanded to speak to his manager. I had no idea what I was going to say to his manager if he also believed that I was underage. However my little threat seemed to work.
“Okay kid I am going to sell you the beer. You don’t look 21 but you seem responsible.”
“Sure. Whatever.” I said
After I finished paying he smiled and said “Now you come back now you hear.”
Only when you are not around I said under my breath and left.
Now that I am getting older I am left wondering whether being mistaken for looking younger is really a compliment or not. What do you guys think has anything like this ever happened to you?