Another tale from a gas station attendant! This one involving identification, and lots of sarcasm!
I was running the convenience store as well as making sure people don't run off with gas. This was one of my 9PM onward shifts, and the night was going pretty well.
Young man comes in and asks for some chewing tobacco. He looks no older than 18, so I obviously ID (ID25 in Ontario, but I err on the side of caution as much as possible. I don't have $2k kicking around).
Here's what follows. Me = myself, YM = The young man in question, HM = his mother
YM: "I'd like to buy some skoal."
Me: "Sure. Can I see your ID?"
YM: "I don't have it on me."
YM: "I"m 20."
Me: "That's nice, but I can't take your word on that. I need to see your ID."
YM: "I have it in my mom's car, can I go get it?"
Now, from what he said, it sounded to me like he was going to grab his ID and come back. Boy was I wrong. Enter him with his mother.
HM: "I'd like to pay for my gas and this skoal, please."
Me: "The gas is $xx.xx, but I can't sell you the skoal because I know you're buying it for your son. I have no way of knowing how old he is, and it's against the law for me to sell it to you when you have the intent on buying it for him (absolutely true, btw)."
HM: "Well my son's 20 years old."
Me: "Well I'm 36."
Me: As flat as possible "No. That's the point. I can tell you I'm any age, but without ID, I can't confirm it. Unless you have about two grand and a new job lying around."
At this point I'm pointing at the sign above my head which has the typical 'selling to underage folk is an up to $2000 penalty for the employee' sign.
HM pays for her gas and leaves, with a grumbling son in tow. Rest of my evening goes off without a hitch. I still don't understand how people don't understand the law about ID, when it's plastered everywhere in convenience stores.