Hooters Cards An 80-Year-Old Customer, Refuses To Serve Him Liquor

Hooters customer Charles Johnson
Hooters customer Charles Johnson



When Charles Johnson ordered an alcoholic drink with his lunch at a Hooters in Florida, the server asked for ID. Johnson didn't have any, so called for the manager of the Jacksonville location, who reportedly said that it was restaurant policy: Anyone who asks for alcohol has to show proof of age. Johnson said that he stormed out, offended, and vowed to never return. "I haven't been asked for ID since I was 35 years old," Johnson told local TV station WTSP. "I am 80 years old."

Places that serve alcohol to minors face harsh penalties, from the suspension of a business's liquor license to steep fines for the seller, and even a permanent criminal record. And while these laws have been around for decades, the police seem to some to have become more vigilant in the past few years about enforcing them. So some businesses have become more vigilant, too, even if that means refusing a person as old as air conditioning. (Air conditioning was invented in 1932, according to About.com, the same year that Johnson was born.)