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Hooray for the Autism card

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by , 24th December 2012 at 12:21 AM (562 Views)
Pull the Autism card on Best Buy. Stupid M rated game controversy, nearly every store has a store policy against selling M rated games to minors (even though the ESRB being way too strict as seen by M rated games turning into PG13 movies and vice versa). Oh and I didn't say law I said STORE POLICY such a law would be violating the first amendment according to a 7 to 2 supreme court decision. I wouldn't mind too much if it wasn't for the fact that 1) I'm 18 and I'm guilty until proven innocent and the DMV was hell I don't want to go there but I need a ID I wasn't able to get one because I didn't have the cash on me and I never got around to it 2) It is fucking Christmas almost it was obvisously a gift. So I told them I was Austistic and I was overwelmed by the DMV. The lady calls her college maybe superior but he came a little quick for that. She said I didn't have my card on me which wasn't what I said at all. Then the guy asked me my age I said 18 got the game and now I'm done with Christmas shopping.

Now if only I could beat the champion PWT. Anyways I think I want to be Hollywood actor so here's one thing I'm going to do: I'm gonna buy a game store and I'm not going to card nobody empoyee decision rules and if any city tries to make me card I'll pull the first amendment on their ass.

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  1. Serenity's Avatar
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    There is no "hooray" for this blog. Also, just because you have autism doesn't mean you should use it to get what you want. You should have to get carded and have ID like everyone else. Regardless of holiday season or you choosing not to get an ID card. Also, it is illegal not to card anyone under the age of 18 when buying mature products. Your shop would be shut down as soon as it opened.
  2. tyler212's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Enchantress
    Also, it is illegal not to card anyone under the age of 18 when buying mature products. Your shop would be shut down as soon as it opened.
    Technically the M rating on the games are for 17+ so he could get away with it as long as they are not AO rated games and as they are not legally binding ratings sysytem his biggest obstacle would be news organizations blowing it so far out of the water it would would be considered in Low Orbit.

    Also you should always carried ID, with photo or not and if you have no photo just say fine and go to a line were a guy doesn't really care if your 18 or not.
  3. Ampharos King's Avatar
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    You shouldn't pretend that your actions are acceptable. You, as well as everybody else, are not above the law even if you have a documented disability. Laws in most Western countries enable equal rights and opportunities for the disabled, and as such you shouldn't abuse those rights that many people have fought very hard and long to secure into legislature. I'm assuming that you are eighteen, so you are legally able to purchase that game, and it shouldn't matter if you have a disability.

    At the same time, someone younger than sixteen or seventeen could have easily followed your example by claiming that he or she was an adult, and pretending to have a documented disability as a means to avoid background checks. I am surprised that the manager and employees at the store were lazy enough to take your word and give you the game anyway.

    Whether you do or do not have autism, it is important that you always have a form of identification on you at all times, especially if you are conducting financial transactions for products that may have age restrictions. Commercial businesses are subject to laws and regulations enforced by their host countries. Those businesses will be liable if they are caught selling M-rated games to people under the legally accepted age.
  4. We Taste Pies...'s Avatar
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    You sir, are a master of satire. Bravo.
  5. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Enchantress
    There is no "hooray" for this blog. Also, just because you have autism doesn't mean you should use it to get what you want. You should have to get carded and have ID like everyone else. Regardless of holiday season or you choosing not to get an ID card. Also, it is illegal not to card anyone under the age of 18 when buying mature products. Your shop would be shut down as soon as it opened.
    Bullshit supreme court decision I just mentioned. It is store policy not law don't be such a grinch. Just because an advantage is unfair doesn't mean I don't have the right to use it.
  6. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    @Ampharos King; It is store policy not law I'm 18 and I should have the right to buy it. Also it is spirit not the letter of the law what matters. My actions saved me a ton of grief and I don't approve of you judging me.
  7. Iteru's Avatar
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    Really? If you brag on here about sidestepping policy other people have to abide by by using a disability as a crux for something you admit to being too lazy to do, then do you really think people aren't going to judge you?

    Honestly, I personally think its better if they kept their judgement to themselves... but I certainly couldn't blame them for their thoughts.
  8. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    I never though of that happening
  9. Joshawott's Avatar
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    As someone who is autistic, I find it deeply offensive when people do pull the "Autism Card" - regardless of whether they have it or not. I'm 20 and I only received a form of photo ID a few months ago (as I've never been on a plane or have no interest in driving, I didn't have a passport or driving license), but you know what I did during the last two years when buying age restricted products?
    - For games, DVDs, blu-rays etc, I bought them online as most retailers have no checks whatsoever (and it's usually cheaper).
    - For other age restricted products (like alcohol and cigarettes) I just didn't buy them. I don't smoke and I very rarely drink.

    Personally, if I worked in a store and someone tried to use autism as an excuse to escape being ID'd for an age restricted product, I'd ask them to leave on the spot. No proof of age, no purchase. Done.

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