Wow, that place is strict.

Blatz beer, by flickr user slightlynorth
photo by our own slightlynorth [flickr]

I’ve heard of bars that were careful about underage drinking, but this is ridiculous. Down in Olympia, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried to head into a bar called Hannahs with her staff, but got turned away. Turns out she didn’t have her ID with her to prove her age.

Somebody tried to point out to the bouncer that Gregoire was the governor of Washington, but that didn’t get her in.

Which got me to thinking: How old do you have to be to be governor? Could we legally have an eighteen year old governor of the state, old enough to vote but not old enough to drink?

I took a look at the state constitution, and as far as I can tell, there’s no age rule in place. So, maybe the bouncer had a legitimate complaint. Sort of. If you closed your eyes and squinted real hard. Maybe having a beer would help.

5 Comments so far

  1. wesa on July 30th, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

    Legally I believe bars can be fined and possibly have their liquor license suspended if enforcement catches patrons without ID in the bar, even one as obviously over-21 as Gregoire. I don’t blame the bouncer for doing his job from that standpoint, and it appears that Christine took it with a good heart, not pulling the "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" card (though one of her party tried).

  2. maggie on July 30th, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    I am pretty sure you ARE allowed to be in a bar without an ID as long as you are of legal drinking age. I remember that from when I got my servers permit though I can’t recall the exact rule.

  3. maggie on July 30th, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

    That said, I think lot of bars have their own rules about IDing everyone.

  4. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on July 30th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    Considering the relish with which the Liquor Board will fine or otherwise punish even the most minute violations of code, I don’t blame the bar for denying Gregoire, either. I’m hopeful that this will maybe plant a seed in the governor’s mind that, hey, maybe we should take a look at the WSLCB’s policies and enforcement practices.

  5. josh on July 31st, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

    I think the rule is once they ask for an ID they can’t let you in without one. But maybe they just saw her at the CHBP hanging out with Vampire Weekend and underestimated her age?

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