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.
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