By jcesom - 29/07/2009 05:53 - United States
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I work in a bar in Morgantown, WV. We're under county jurisdiction, so I can't speak for the rest of the state, but in mine, I have every right to take the ID provided that you have no other ID to prove that it is you. Examples include credit card, School ID, county ID, etc. Once we take the ID, we then turn it over to the ABCC (Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission) and they determine if it is a fake ID, or a real ID. They then send the real ID's to the DMV, who then send it back to you. In any case, bars are private establishments. The burden of proof is upon you to prove you are who you say you are (read: that you are 21), and not on me to prove that you aren't. If the bouncer in question had been me, I would have told you to go flag down a cop, get them to come show me credentials and tell me it's you. Then I would have let you in. I've done it several times before. Keep in mind, the bouncer in question would be PERSONALLY liable if you got in and were served underage. There's a reason we're dicks at the door. I don't feel like paying a ticket, and losing the job that makes me the money I would use to pay said ticket.
You should have called the police, he can't keep your ID.
well that's quite the predicament