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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

It is legal, at least in the US, for a store (or other entity) to refuse to sell any item to any individual for any non-prohibited reason (prohibited reasons are typically things like race or religion)...
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Which security is the social security number about?

Social Security numbers are called Social Security numbers because were invented to implement the Social Security Act of 1935, which was one of the important programs adopted by Congress as part of ...
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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

You go into a store, pick up an item, go to the counter and you think you are legally entitled to own the item provided that you pay for it? Wrong. Wrong for any item, not just alcohol. Items that ...
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If a request for personal data is made under the GDPR rights but the requestor refuses to give ID for verification what should the company do?

If the data controller has “reasonable doubts concerning the identity of the natural person making the request”, then “the controller may request the provision of additional information necessary to ...
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Is it legal for a bar bouncer to confiscate a fake ID

There are a couple of indications that a bouncer may not confiscate an ID. This policy document adopting licensing policies to Require licensees with fake ID violations to temporarily or ...
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Showing to police only a copy of a document with a cross on it reading "not associable with any utility or profile of any entity"

Official identity documents have security features that would be missing from a copy. When a government agency is entitled to check your documents, they are also entitled to check the security ...
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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

The answers here are already correct, but wanted to make a quick comment over this Even when I left the store to wait in the car they made him check out at a different register. It is of course ...
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Is it legal for a bar bouncer to confiscate a fake ID

ServSafe actually has a compiled list of documents which identify a lot of information about the various aspects of alcohol sales within each state. I've separated them into three categories based on ...
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Is producing a lookalike a sufficient defense against eye-witness identification?

Whether there is a reasonable doubt about identity will depend on the totality of the evidence, not a single look-alike The starting point is that all relevant evidence is admissible, including ...
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Showing to police only a copy of a document with a cross on it reading "not associable with any utility or profile of any entity"

No, you must give the police the original documents. Photocopies are allowed only for the car registration certificate, and only in very specific cases (road code, article 180, paragraph 4): "Per ...
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Which security is the social security number about?

The SSN was originally meant to be used strictly for tracking a worker’s lifetime earnings in order to calculate retirement benefits after age 65 under the Social Security Act of 1935. In fact, until ...
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Using passport as domestic ID

Yes. A domestic passport is sufficient photo ID for any purpose (other than driving or establishing state residency) and is expressly authorized as sufficient ID for employment on a form I-9 and for ...
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Identification requirement

Identification rules vary from state to state, but there is no state which would require a person in Mr. Walker's position to identify themselves to law enforcement. The passenger is compelled to ...
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Can the defense claim that the defendant isn't the defendant? And if so, how is the case handled?

This is, in effect a defense of mistaken identity, and an assertion that the person on trial is not in fact the person who committed the crime. It is not legally significantly different from a case ...
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Practical aspects of changing your name in a common law jurisdiction

I am a notary public in Vermont and have had to deal with people who had name variations. Readers of Law StackExchange like to citations to reliable sources; I'm not going to do that, just describe my ...
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Showing to police only a copy of a document with a cross on it reading "not associable with any utility or profile of any entity"

Legaly, an ID (or passport, drivers licence etc.) is, in most countries, the property of the government that issued it. Domestic laws states who and under what conditions these documents must be shown ...
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When must someone identify themself after damaging someone else's property?

The requirement for the driver to "give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle" used to not apply to car parks, but now ...
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In court can you ask someone for all names they go by? How would question be phrased?

This is a perfectly common question. "What is your full name?" "Do you have any aliases?" "What other names do you go by?" Like any other question, though, it must be ...
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A had sexual intercourse with B because A misidentified B as her boyfriend. Did B committed sexual assault?

canada Avoiding an overly literal reading of your assertion that "both sides consent" The actus reus of sexual assault is sexual touching without the consent of the complainant. In your ...
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Is it legal for a bar bouncer to confiscate a fake ID

A few complications since this is a passport: The passport is the property of the issuing sovereign Nation. Typically the laws of the locality require the non-citizen be in possession of the ...
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Is it illegal to sign a contract deliberately under a made-up name?

Why does the name matter? Today, I entered into a contract to buy petrol and, later, beer and a Caesar salad. In neither case did I exchange names with the other party. If you entered into a contract ...
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Passport Card Required to Accept

health care checks. Hotel check in. Employment? maybe. Background Checks? doesn't matter. It actually does matter, because there is sometimes a law governing the documents that may be shown for a ...
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Naturalized Certificate required for Shall-Issue Firearms License

The police are mistaken because they don't understand immigration law. Usually, the first step to resolve this problem would be to explain the situation in a letter to or telephone call with the town ...
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In-court identification of defendants

canadacriminal-law In Canada, this is called "in-dock" identification and, while not prohibited, it is recognized to have very little probative value. It has "particular frailties over ...
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When must someone identify themself after damaging someone else's property?

united-states In the United States, the obligation of a potential tortfeasor to disclose their identity is sometimes limited to motor vehicle accidents, and sometimes only to serious motor vehicle ...
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Is producing a lookalike a sufficient defense against eye-witness identification?

germany I found the following anecdote, which is contained in Ferdinand von Schirach's book "Verbrechen", which has a note stating that the stories are incredible but true. Von Schirach used ...
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Is it legal or acceptable to use a photo of my ID, instead of my actual ID?

Regarding being pulled over, the guidance at Learn to drive a car: step by step states (emphasis mine): If a police officer asks you to, you must be able to show: your driving licence a valid ...
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Using passport as domestic ID

It depends on what you are using it for. AFAIK, there is no law specifying that a passport must be valid for every single potential requirement of photo ID. For example, until 2010, you could not use ...
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Does a person sitting in the driver seat of a stopped and off car have to show driver license if the police ask?

New York has a "stop and identify" law which says that a police officer may stop a person in a public place located within the geographical area of such officer's employment when he reasonably ...
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