“Getting carded” (and, subsequently, getting rejected): It’s practically a rite of passage for American college students—and even now that we’re of-age, it’s an all-too-embarrassing memory. We’d nervously head to our favorite college bar, fake ID in tow, eyes sheepsihly downcast...only to be told, “No way, kid. Go home.”
Sure, sometimes we'd get a free pass. Still, we’re pretty sure we’d have had way more luck were the bartenders in this video the ones manning the door. Because there’s no getting around it: When they’re asked to determine whether a random person is underage or legal, these folks fail. Miserably.
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In the video from Cut, a digital production company, five bartenders are put to the test to see whether they can accurately guess the approximate ages of potential customers. At the outset of the clip, they’re interviewed briefly, and each takes their turn explaining to the off-camera producer why they think they do, in fact, have great age-determining skills. According to these barkeeps, the tell-tale signs of an illegal patron include body language, general appearance, and “you just get a sense.”