Hi fellow Internetpeople,
So it my friend had her 18th birthday, and she was to throw a party.
Now, living in a country where the legal drinking age is 18, I felt obligated to make sure she was provided the proper material. My present to her would have to include some of the strong stuff.
The only slight problem was… I am still 17.
This was going to be a delicate matter.
Along with another friend – for “moral” support, if you can call it that in this situation – who is 16, I showed up at the grocery store, where I knew I could buy a shot (which could easily be concealed from judgmental stares).
At first, we sneaked suspiciously around the alcohol section for a bit, trying to find the ideal gift. To our dismay, however, the little one-person-bottles were placed behind the counter, meaning that there was only one way to go about the situation:
Looking as casual and uncaring as seemed humanly possible while my heart raced and my legs wobbled, my friend and I slid up to the counter, glanced nonchalantly at the cashier, and I asked:
“Um…excuse me please…we would like to uh…buy, well, you see, um, a shot, actually, so yeah…”
The cashier shot me a look so critical I thought I was going to burst into flames.
I tried not to sweat.
“What, um…would you, hehe, suggest?” my friend added, to further improve our credibility.
I suppose the guy didn’t want to embarrass us right away, so he sighed and pulled out a couple brands.
My friend and I stared at them, utterly clueless. One of them was a couple bucks cheaper than the other, so I was tempted to go for that.
“Ah, a fine choice”, the young-ish cashier sneered, “if you’re sixty. Seriously, only old people drink this. It’s gross.”
So, my face burning with shame, I pointed at the other bottle – a plain old vodka I had sampled on occasion – and croaked that I wanted to buy that one.
“Ok, can I see your ID?”
I suppressed a gulp, and began searching for my wallet. My friend and I shot panicked looks at each other. I was no way going to get away with this! What should I do? Cover my age with my thumb?!
Sadly, I’ll never know if I’d have gotten away with it, however, because I totally chickened out and blurted:
“How precisely are you gonna check?!”
Needless to say, we had no choice but to spend the next five minutes pestering 20-ish looking people to help us, until finally, a girl agreed. I was so grateful I tipped her two bucks (making it nearly 10 altogether).
I’m writing this article so that BirthdayGirl can appreciate what I went through for her :P