Addressing my anecdote of getting carded at Target for liquor (I'm 50), Ken writes:
More and more places are adopting a "Card Everybody" policy. As Tom stated above, it takes the judgement call off the table.
I've come to accept that, but now the beaurocrats have come up with a further wrinkle. Just last week my wife and I were shopping in Wegmans (an upscale supermarket chain in NY/NJ) and I was carded for a beer purchase. Fine, but they also wanted to card my wife since she was shopping with me. Except that she didn't have her wallet with her. I wound up having to get a manager's approval just to buy a dam 6 pack of beer. (we are both well over 50).
I asked the manager what would happen if I was a parent shopping with a 6 year old, would I be denied buying beer since the 6 year old was not of age? He really didn't have an answer for that, just some corporate double talk. It's just asinine, and this policy is from the Supermarket chain recently rated #1 for customer service in Consumer Reports.