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Re: photo id for alcohol and tobacco purchases

This is an interesting question.....

I've actually (SIGH, I know, I have a bizarre life) been to a liquor store in the past with some young Amish ladies who wanted to purchase alcohol.....This was in a heavily populated Amish area....The young Amish lady did not have a photo ID, but she was able to buy the case of beer anyway....I think the clerk made a "cultural determination" that the Amish bought beer and lived by a 'different set of rules' and therefore didn't bother checking ID   That, I realize, is a very risky strategy for a retailer and I'm not recommending it, just relaying my experience.  On another occasion, I simply purchased some beer for these over age-21 ladies using my photo ID.   That said, I am going to submit this question to Steve Ballan. He is the skillful attorney handling the Amish building code cases in Morristown, New York.  Since you are also in New York he might be able to give us some guidance in determining what you should do under Empire State Law. I don't think he can dispense formal legal advice, but he might give us some general guidelines. So check back here tomorrow!


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