Few people would think to use a burrito discount card as the base of their fake ID, but that’s exactly what a Boston University exchange student did when purchasing a drink from Sidebar Food and Spirits in December 2018. As the ID was getting inspected, the lamination split in half, revealing that it was fake. Perhaps the student would have found more success with a professionally made ID — which are more accessible now than ever. Sidebar general manager Katie Klem said she has dealt with customers using fake IDs for many years, and that her bar does everything they can to combat increasingly indistinguishable fakes. “I have a pile of fake IDs that I’ve taken over the past two or three years,” she said. “Definitely over 100, maybe even 200. People will fight, and you’d be surprised how far people will go to really try to convince you that it’s real and put up a fight.” Fake IDs are a major point of frustration and liability for alcohol vendors nationwide, Klem said. And even when the IDs look legitimate, the blame often falls on the businesses selling the alcohol. “It’s just nerve-racking because if somebody has a fake ID,… Read full this story
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