Millions Of Americans Breaking Law By Purchasing Groceries Without Picture ID
When President Trump said at a political rally on Tuesday, "If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. ," he inadvertently criminalized millions of Americans. Most people did not know about the obscure law, and most retailers do not enforce it. Gone are the days of sending your kid in to grab a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. If they don't have a picture ID, they may be eating pimento cheese sandwiches at the local jail.
Jean Warfield, a spokesman for Kroger says, "All retailers know the 'grocery ID law' exists. But it is sort of a gentleman's agreement that none of us enforce it. Checkout is already a slow enough process with most cashiers struggling to know the difference between a kumquat which is a #2973, and a nectarine which is a #2974. The last thing we want to do is add to the checkout stress level. So we just tell our employees, 'If the person looks like an American, sell them the food.'"
Law enforcement agencies received a memo on Wednesday advising them that enforcement of the grocery ID law would increase after the President's announcement. Birmingham police chief, Jim "Bubba" Nelson speaks for many top cops when he says, "We will have a much greater presence at grocery stores today. I think most people will comply with the law. But there will be those who resist. Mostly patriotic people. What people have to understand is, by making shoppers show a picture ID, the President is just trying to make America great again. For too long, illegal and unidentified people have been buying mac and cheese and pop tarts. It has to stop. And it will."
A shopper at Publix who asked us to not disclose her real name or use her picture said she has known about the law for years. Today she dons a pair of dark glasses and a fake moustache as she pushes her cart down the aisle looking for a deal on diapers. "Yeah, I know I'm supposed to show my picture ID. But I don't. I do my business, slip my checkout guy a $20 bill, and nobody knows. There have been a couple of times when he was out of town and it was touch and go with his replacement. But money usually greases the track. There was one occasion when I had to leave a buggy full of groceries because I couldn't make it happen. This was before Amazon. I went home and paid the neighbor girl to run and get my stuff. This isn't a game."