7-Eleven gets the red card after failing to ask the buyer for ID

A 7-Eleven employee, who posts under the username @_born2flex, posted a viral clip describing what happens to employees if they don’t ask a customer for ID when purchasing alcohol or cigarettes. This had caused other users on the platform to jump immediately if they found out about the repercussions associated with such an offence.

According to TikToker’s video, he received a “red card” from a woman trying to buy beer. He claims it works as a penal system for workers. If an employee collects three of these red cards, they are summarily fired. On top of that, these things also come with fines and court orders, and if ignored, workers could face jail time.

The clerk wrote in a caption for the clip: “This lady really gave me the red card from ABC administration, she looked like in her 30s so I did NOT ask for her ID anymore and I’m fired so guess what times what EVERYONE ASKED FOR ID!”

He says on TikTok, “OK, so that’s what happens when you don’t identify someone. The bitch who gave me this card looked frigging well into her 30s but I didn’t identify her and she gave me this card.”

He says if he had asked for her ID, he would have been given a green card, meaning he “passed.” He goes on to explain that “you can only get three of these [red cards] and you will be fired”, along with a penalty that you will have to pay yourself.

“But I don’t want this job anyway, bitch,” he concludes.

@_born2flex This lady really gave me the red card from ABC administration, she looked over 30 so I DID NOT ask for her ID 🤷🏾‍♂️ 2 more and I’m fired so guess what EVERYONE AFTER ID ASKED! #abc #7eleven #powerball #budlight #identification #fired #lgbt #fyp #fypqge #foryoupage ♬ original sound – user9146308024572

Different states have different laws when it comes to people selling tobacco, alcohol, or products that require photo ID for age verification. Not only businesses can be penalized, but also individual employees, as the TikToker said. If you are concerned about being fined or sued for accidentally selling products to a minor, you should review your state’s laws to better understand your rights.

These laws can even extend to paraphernalia, so selling a glass bong to a minor could also be considered a criminal offense. The store owner/licensee, as well as the individual employee who sold the item, could also face penalties and possible fees.

TikTok users who saw the 7-Eleven employee’s post commented that this kind of determination would prompt them to quit their job immediately. Mainly because they don’t want to deal with the undue stress of customers who might chew them over asking for their ID. Others didn’t want to worry about the stress of receiving “cards” from strangers trying to catch them slipping while on the clock.

However, other people said that the card system has an advantage, since “mystery shoppers” themselves don’t charge you with a fine or punishment, but the alert system helps educate workers about the seriousness of such charges. In other words, some users on the platform argued that the red card was actually a blessing in disguise.

“I used to be a mystery shopper and they go to jail if they sell to minors. Them ppl is trying to save you,” one user advised.

“I used to work at 711 & QT if you’re not a regular or are missing a few teeth then get carded lmao,” wrote a second.

“I’ll tell my team you identify everyone,” claimed one user. “I don’t care if they have a head full of grey.”

“I was a mystery shopper for 2 days,” shared one viewer. “I felt bad when they didn’t identify me, so I just gave them a green card and told them to be careful.”

One user claimed he used to be one such buyer, commenting, “lol i used to do this job it’s called the bars program.”

Such a program actually exists and stands for “Being an Alcohol Responsible Server”. According to the program’s website, each month they send their “Checkers,” ages 21 to 25, to shops or restaurants to make “fake purchases of cigarettes and/or beer.”

“The purpose of this is to monitor store associates to see if they ask for customer ID before asking for money to complete the sale. If the ID card is requested, the employee receives a green card. If not, there is a red card,” the website reads.

According to BARS program president David Gaudet, the process is more of an “educational service” than a “mystery shopper” service.

The Daily Dot contacted @_born2flex via TikTok comment and 7-Eleven via email for more information.


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*Initial publication: November 20, 2022 2:05 pm CST

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