Skip to comments.Just lost a customer/Letter from a lady in Maine
Posted on 07/13/2002 6:42:51 AM PDT by SheLion
Today, I sent my son-in-law to the Maine Smoke Shop in Brewer to buy some tobacco. He is 19 years old, and is in the military. The person at the counter asked for his ID, which I can understand. When she saw it, however, she showed it to the owner, and the owner said, Thats no good, get out of here.
My son-in-law told me several places in Bangor will not accept his military ID. What is wrong with this town? I will ask everyone else just as I asked the owner of that shop when I called him: Do you not appreciate having your country protected by our boys?
I am from a military family. My father was retired military, and I was born in Bangor, but I am ashamed of how most of the businesses in this town act and treat their customers. This is the most unappreciative town I have ever lived in, and I have lived in many.
Our military men and women should be treated with respect, as should any customer. To tell someone to get our of their store because of their ID is an embarrassment. Do they treat all military personnel that way? Judging by the economy around here, they should be kissing their feet, for more reasons than just that they are protecting us. I informed the Maine Smoke Shop that they just lost a customer because of their attitude, and if I didnt live here now, and need some of the other stores around here, I would tell them the same.
Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to those who put their lives on the line for us.
I would love to send my 2 cents worth of comments!
I will look into finding out the email of this Smoke Shop(if the ignoramous) has one.
Im curious, in PA we have an embarrassingly stupid Compliance Alliance campaign to identify and fine shop owners who sell smokes to under aged people (or those without ID). Is this a national thing or just something that Pennsylvanians are subjected to (the Compliance Alliance campaign)?
Guns Before Butter.
As well as I!
I don't know, but this reminded me of the time I was fired from a job...many years ago, for having a"fake" ID. I was 18 years old and the ID was a military dependent ID. It was NOT fake. Maybe some civilians just aren't familiar enough with it. It's hard to belive that there could be such extreme prejudice. I don't know why this would surprise me though, given the insanity we see all over this country, thanks to the psycho liberals.
Smoking age is 18, Military ID's are a valid form of ID and do have Pictures. *IF the store owners thought it to be fake they could have confiscated it and called the police. The actions of this store are well beyond acceptable.I find them to be of like minded Leftist that are quickly consuming the Northeast!
Are the military IDs easy to fake? Do they have no picture? Or is it just anti-military prejudice on the part of the store owner?
You have to be 18 in the state of Maine to buy cigarettes.
Military ID's require a picture. Even dependents. (I would scan mine and post it here, but I'm not telling my age)heh!
It states on the top "UNITED STATES UNIFORMED SERVICES
Has the Seal of the branch of service one is in. Has your social security number. Has your signature. Has the expiration date. Has a bunch of holograms under lamination.
On the rear, it has color of hair, eyes, height, weight. It states DD Form 1173. Then states PROPERTY OF US GOVERNMENT.
There is NO way anyone can tamper with or change this ID in any way shape or form.
Or is it just anti-military prejudice on the part of the store owner?
IMHO - YES
Without knowing the facts, I'd be slow to be incensed by this. It's not like he was asking for medical treatment, for goodness' sake.
Or Visa Express.
If this "guy" is that slow, he has no business running a business in the first place. A place called the "smoke shop"? LOL Pulezzzz
I realize some people in Maine are "slow," but she stated that he went to several other places, showed his military ID and was turned away there, as well.
We have always been told if stopped by law enforcement, produce your drivers license AND your military ID.
This military ID has always been well respected throughout the US and Europe. It would take a dumb yokel not to respect an ID from the military, but in this day and age, there is a lot of "disrespect" for the military.
And they will show their "true colors" one way or another.
The Military ID has his PICTURE, his BIRTHDATE, and all the information I listed above.
I am outraged over this.
If this "guy" is that slow, he has no business running a business in the first place.
Er, I didn't realize there was I.Q. testing required before you could open a business. You ARE anti-gov regulation aren't you?
A place called the "smoke shop"? LOL Pulezzzz
Well, that's no worse than the literally-titled "Indian Smoke Shop" in Broken Arrow, OK, where I used to live, that was a giant Teepee on the side of the road.