IDs and privacy

Eugene Leitl (
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 21:09:37 +0100

Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko writes:

> An ID with a picture (of some identifiable body part) and an inscription
> "this person is allowed to buy alcohol" should be sufficient for the cause,
> shouldn't it?

I disagree. I think this (just Californese, or is the rest of the U.S. privy to it?) custom of asking for an ID if a person looks younger than thirty is entirely laughable, and ought to be abolished. Everybody ought to be able to poison himself as she sees fit.