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.
before the 18th birthday
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…”
Oh look, that’s me!
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?”
ahh, me again…
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?!”
This is exactly the look we were given.
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