Skip to comments.Age Check Just Lost Dick's Sporting Goods a Customer (Vanity)
Posted on 08/26/2012 3:34:53 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA
I decided to do some local sporting goods shopping this afternoon before I headed to the gun club. I went to Bass Pro to look for a sling and rifle case for the AR-15A3 that I built Saturday evening. I found the rifle case that I wanted, but no luck finding a sling. As I checked out at Bass Pro, the cashier asked me for my phone number. I firmly said, "No thank you." The cashier typed in a bogus phone number and then asked if wanted to give $2.00 to some charity. Again, a firm, "No thank you." Lastly I was asked if I had a rewards card, "No". Followed by, "Do you want one?" Again, I firmly replied, "No thank you".
I go to Bass Pro a couple times a month. I know the drill. I don't like the questions. I am not going give the cashier a hard time, it's not her fault. But I am not going to appear to be happy, because I want them to know my shopping experience was less than perfect.
Since I didn't find the sling at Bass Pro I went to Dick's Sporting Goods as it was almost on the way to the range. Dick's had an adequate sling with price. It wasn't worth burning time and gas to look elsewhere or to pay extra for shipping for a purchase on the Internet.
So after waiting entirely too long to check out, the cashier asked me for my birthdate. I said, "No". There wasn't a thank you associated with my reply. She said, "You purchase is age restricted." I replied, "I am old enough to be your father." The cashier insisted by saying, "If you don't provide a birthdate, I can not approve your purchase." I retorted, allowing others in line to hear my dismay, "It's a gun sling, there's no law that requires me to provide you with my age." She was stunned that I stood up to protect my privacy and didn't say a thing. I then provided a false birthdate, "4-1-1912" and said "Dick's just lost a customer." My purchase was approved, and some other customers that were swift enough to figure out I wasn't 100 years old and born on April Fools Day had a bit of a laugh. The cashier was completely astonished. Note: I noticed a month or so ago that Dick's started recording birthdates for ammo purchases. There's a law associated with that, but it does not required Dick's to enter your birthday into their computers. I wasn't happy with that and I don't like the law either. I think my children of driving age should be able to buy ammo and go shooting when they want without dad tagging along. They know what they are doing. They have been around guns their entire lives, and are safer than many people on the range.
I bet they use those fancy ball point pens, instead of writing your stuff down honestly with quill and ink well.
In the UK a 90yo woman was denied a liquor purchase because she couldn’t prove her age as over 21, she had no ID but her OAP ID, not a drivers license. Don’t feel too badly.
A sling is an age-restricted purchase? How do you kill or maim with a sling? WTH is going on in this country?
you also have to provide phone, drivers license & phone just for a fishing license. wayyyyyyyyy to much info collected.
I recently passed the Ruger Standard .22 pistol on to my step daughter that I bought for $37.95 of paper route money at age 14 with no I. D. and no waiting period.
Maybe some lazy slobs in the systems programming don’t want to have to code for brand of ammo so they make everything in the gun dept. age restricted?
This is the reason I save up and pay cash at the local swap meet or gun show.
? Don’t shoot the messenger, man.
You like the police state or something?
Also, you should really get to Wisconsin sometime.
can’t watch a movie and be on the internet at the same time it messes with your brain.
It’s not 2 phones but one phone and a birthdate along with the drivers license.
I hate “rewards cards” and “club cards” and try to shop at stores that don’t use them.
How else can they demonstrate compliance to the overlords?
In California I believe you have to give your thumbprint to buy ammo, as well as have your license recorded.
You get your birthdate recorded for buying food.
Not too long ago I bought a few air gun pellets from Wal-Mart.
The girl asked me if I was over 18. I said yes and that was all she needed. The funny thing is I am 65. I suppose her register prompted her to ask.
The odd thing is I don’t think there is any law requiring you to be 18 for pellets. Probably just a Wal-Mart requirement just to be safe.
I have a running joke with one of the cashiers at the local Corner Mart about being old enough to be his mother (actually found out I’m older than she is) every time he asks me for ID for a beer purchase. The manager thinks it’s hilarious, but we all know the transaction is being recorded and if the employee does not follow procedure - the employee quickly becomes an EX employee.
ABout ten years ago, a K-Mart cashier did not want me to finish my purchase of ordinary merchandise with providing a zip code. I waited her out, but she thought I was obliged. As far as I can tell, the K-Mart states a price on sale items, not a price and free marketing information.
The Farm & Fleet always asks for zip code as well. I do not oblige them.
Many years ago, I went to American TV and Appliances to purchase a $130 MP3-CD player. They wanted my phone #. I said I don’t provide that. They suggested I make one up. I told the salesman that HE should make one up. I wasn’t going to lie. He wouldn’t budge. I walked out the door, never to return.
This is about more than IDing ammo and gun accessory purchases.
I’m always happy to obey such regulations. I willingly provide both my drivers license and SSN. But I reserve the right to make the State figure out the correct order of said numbers.
For the record, I DO provide phone # for a vendor who has a legitimate interest, mainly pizza delivery and photo printing, as they provide a service before I pay them for it.
About 1 year ago, I was shopping at the local Super S foods and had, amongst other things, a dozen Coors Light. As a silver-haired 66 year old man, I didn’t expect to be challenged.
I was asked for proof of age and produced a State issued wallet-sized Birth Certificate but was told that was not satisfactory and that I needed to produce a State Drivers License. I extended my wallet with my Drivers License very visible and was told that was not sufficient as they MUST scan it. I did so reluctantly and asked what the militancy was about and was told it was a TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) requirement.
That night, I checked out TABC online and found that they specifically state that they have no requirements for ID to be produced and that there is no specific ID that must be produced but that a store MAY require ID as a STORE POLICY.
I printed copies and the next time I ATTEMPTED to purchase Coors Light, I produce the printed copy when asked for ID. Remember, I’m 66 years old.
Well, we ended up with 2 Store (under) Managers and I was referred to the Store Manager who conceded that it wasn’t TABC policy and promised to correct the posted statements regarding ID requirements by TABC.
He NEVER DID and I have not shopped there since.
I’m 66 years old and you would never have reason to doubt my age but scanning my drivers license allows them to record and track my purchases and I draw the line in the sand there.
You can thank the Clintons for that nasty little bit. They sold it as a way to deny hunting and fishing to fathers who were late in their child support payments.
Your drivers license is only acceptable because it has your Socialist Insecurity number on it.
When you buy alcohol at Target, they ask for your driver’s license, then swipe it into their computer. I don’t like that they track me. There is a lot of info on that metal strip that I don’t think is Targets business.
I give them my military ID (Retired) that has no metal strip with information. I had one check out girl tell me she needed a valid CA license. I told her, no, you need a valid ID. The military ID is a valid federal ID. She had to get her manager to over ride the computer.
I apologized and told her it was my policy and there was nothing I could do.
My wife LOL’s every time and tells me I’m an a**.
Don’t you know that when you attach a sling to something, it automatically becomes an assault-something.
Put it to a gun, it is an assault-weapon. Put it to a spoon, it is an assault-silverware. Put it to a pen, it is an assault-writing instrument. Put it to a block of cheddar and it is an assault-fromage.
You hit the right answer the second time, just make up a date. I do that with all those annoying check inquired. Random phone number, random zip, random birthday. The questions are silly, but getting all indignant about it takes time, random answers get me on my with my product which is what I want, and gives them crap info for the demographics.
When I first moved to Houston, I didn’t have a TX driver’s License and tried to by beer using my Military ID. Most of the time there was no problem but 2 times they would not accept it. I showed them my OK Driver’s License and they would not take that either.
I was a pretty pissed off 40 year old. Oh yeah, on top of that, the woman that did this once to me could barely tell me why the US Military ID wasn’t good enough in English.
Goliath would disagree with that statement. :)
I would have done the exact same thing. I flat out refuse to show ID for so called “Age restricted” purchases, since I am 46 and look old enough to buy anything I please.
No, they cant see my id, or swipe my id, NO I don’t care if some 17 year old buys a pack of smokes, its my privacy and I don’t like being databased.
A while back I remember reading an article that stated how easy it was to track down an exact person with only a zip code and birthday, now stores get neither.
You shoulda filmed it and put it on youtube like that Chick-fil-a guy.
Do not try to purchase alcohol or tobacco products in Walgreens or other related stores - they scan your driver’s license and share the information with the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.
I have no problem producing ID proving my age for age restricted purchases - I have a serious problem with the store retaining my information for payment from another entity seeking to deny me my rights to purchase said products.
Back in the day when restaurants asked you to write your phone number on the credit card slip, I always put 123-456-7890.
No cashier ever looked at it.
I beg the cashiers at the convenience stores to “card me” every time I buy Marlboros. Most just smile and do it; at 62, it makes my day. Yes, I still buy green banannas, too. LOL.
I once went to Dick’s to buy binoculars that were advertised in a circular in that morning’s paper. I asked for two pair and was told by the surly clerk that he didn’t have any. They had been open about ten minutes that day so I asked if they had sold out. I was told, loudly, that the units never arrived. I observed that someone hadn’t done his job. The clerk told me he didn’t need a smart ass customer.
I looked at him and said, loud enough to be overheard, “Now I know why they call this place, ‘Dick’s’”
The laughter around me was clearly audible
I’m a privacy freak myself. To the phone number question, “unlisted.”
Depending on how much I wanted the item or service versus how much they insisted, I’ve stood firm til they gave in, walked away w/out handing over my money, or gave Dominos Pizza (sorry fellas) or some other number where nobody else would be sleeping during business hours. What, they’re gonna call to check for lying?
But age to buy a sling - no, I wouldn’t go back either. Too many other outdoor sports retailers both locally and online. You’d think a brick-and-mortar would be falling all over itself to enhance interactions with costomers.
That happened to my wife about 10 or so years ago in a wallgreens in Ca. We were buying a pack of smokes, and they asked me for my ID. I had seen them swipe the previous persons ID so no way was I going to give them mine. I made a stink and my wife gave in and let them swipe hers.
For the next six months she got boat loads of junk mail for her to “quit smoking”
Now, unless the cops want to see my ID or I am buying a gun from an FFL, My id stays well hidden in my wallet.
If asked for a Zip, I always provide them with an APO number that used to be mine in Germany. It as changed since I lived there but I always laugh a little after doing it.
Wrap it around your adversaries throat and tighten it quickly with force.
A toothbrush slung with dental floss ... Assault-dental-entrenchment tool.
Radio Shack asked for my name and address on a cash purchase. This was back in the ‘90s. I said it was William Clinton, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. There cashier didn’t react at all, just wrote it it down.
I’ve had my @ss in a sling several times but no one wanted to know my birthday.
The problem is at our local food market (not a national chain) without the swipe card you don’t get the discounts.
And without the discounts, the alternatives are the mobs at WalMart or the unions of Kroger.
Mine does not. I bought right at 600 rounds of various ammo at a semi local Wal Mart today and never showed any ID; I did write a check though so it's a moot point I suppose. They know who I am.
...a disconnected number from work, or
...weather central (local weather forecast)
...or dial-a-prayer (every locale has at least just one!)
I got to checking around and found dial-a-sermon.
Other possibilities: the local police force. Or the store's own central office. The possibilities are endliess!
No, definitely not.
Dig the inscription...
I refused to give my liscense at target, and they wouldn’t accept my military ID either!
I don’t but alcohol at Target anymore.
I am old enough to purchase anything that you can sell me. I resent having to show ID. Where the hell did common sense go???
Here in Pennsy the gov’t has “mystery shoppers” trying to buy tobacco & spirits. I don’t know about firearms & the like.
Anyway, if the cashier fails to ask, they get a yellow card. Second offense gets them a red card and fired.
So cut the cashier a break, willya?
Direct your anger at the unelected bureaucrats who have run Harrisburg into the poorhouse.
Oh, so YOU”RE the guy.
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