Is it offensive to get ID'd at the cinema?

Okay so I'm 18 years old soon to be 19 and the other day I went to the cinema to see a 15R movie. My friend and I got stopped at the desk and asked for our ID, which I was shocked about because it's only a 15 and surely we look older than that... Does this mean we both look younger than 15 or do they ask pretty much everyone for their ID?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • i don't think you should be offended by this. just a person doing their job. if you weren't of age and somehow got caught the person could lose their job

    it's funny though, i do remember being slightly offended but also proud to prove my id when i was younger... at a certain age you are flattered to be ID'd. I like getting carded buying booze or whatever... makes me feel like there's a chance people see me as much younger than i am

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Most Helpful Girl

  • With some girls it is really hard to estimate the age... some of my pupils are 13-15 and they do look to be around 18yo... and the other way around... I wouldn´t say it is offensive, they are doing their jobs, if there is an age-related restriction be prepared to show your ID anytime... even if you´re 25, 30, 35... sometimes they just ask people randomly I guess... Once, there was a guy in front of me buying cigarettes, the guy was obviously rather old (in his 60s) still the cashier asked him for his ID... :-/

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What Guys Said 12

  • To me now it's just humorous. A few years ago I got carded for an r rated movie. The interesting part is that the differential between her (gal that carded me) and my actual age (I think I was 33 at the time) was the age minimum to get into the movie (17). I just shook my head in disbelief.

    I still get carded for alcohol.

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  • sometimes its standard procedure. i dont think its offensive because the person responsible could lose their job if they let younger people in.

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  • You are far too sensitive if being ID'd offends you.

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  • I still get ID'd when buying video games, cigarettes, alcohol, movie tickets, or just DVDs! Ridiculous!

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  • I got stopped to go and see a 12a when I was 14, There were 8 year olds with parents walking into that and it was a superhero movie aswell and I had to leave.

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  • It's their job and they are doing it. 'Show ID or gtfo' as people nowadays would say.

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  • No it isn't?

    Because it's the law to get ID'd

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  • That is a good problem to have, when you get older you will be very happy to get ID'd

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  • never had to show my ID

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  • they have to ask

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  • I find it terribly eembarrassing

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  • Ok there 3 possible reseons 1 they have a rule in place where they check anyone that looks under 25 or something 2 you happened to look very young that day 3 the guy running the ticket machine thought you were hot and needed a resion to talk to you

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What Girls Said 12

  • It's not offensive, it's just a requirement. Sometimes you even have 15 year olds looking like they could be 19 or 12 year olds looking like they 15. Rules are rules. Even obviously old people at clubs for instance get asked for ID lol, it's just a requirement despite it being so incredibly obvious.

    Also for a lot of cinemas it even says on the website that you'll be checked for ID. It is what it is.

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  • Yes you do look younger if you have to be stopped. So no it is not offensive. I get a child's ticket even though I'm 24 when I'm with another adult who looks older than me! I don't complain. I still pay for my ticket when I'm by myself. But most times nearly everywhere I have to show ID. Either way it is still the law for them to ID you.

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  • Not at all. Lots of those who are like 13/14 could pass for being like 17. Especially if they go out of their way to use more makeup and dress more like 17 year olds. They're just doing their job and making sure that nobody is trying to break any rules.
    I've heard that when buying alcohol, they even ID anyone who looks younger than 30 just to be on the safe side. So it makes sense in my opinion, and is not an attack on the way you look, or an assumption of your age.

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  • Wow that's never happened to me. Some movies do require a parent/guardian if it's a rated movie for certain ages to view.

    We'll hmm just take it as a compliment if anything lol

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  • 15 year olds today look 25. they're probably just making sure

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  • I'd take it as a compilment
    I would rather look younger and be asked for ID then look older then I am and not be asked for ID

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  • Nope it's a compilment.

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    • 3mo

      I got ask for my ID to buy razors. Which means they thought I was under 16. My sister is 35 and still gets ID'd for booze.

      Your case is not that bad, it's only a few years.

    • 3mo

      You get carded to buy razors... Does this happen in the US?

    • 3mo

      @FallOutBoy2001
      I have no idea, I'm from the UK.

  • why be angry?

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  • I look younger in the face, so I get ID'd all the time. I'm indifferent mostly, but I guess it's better than looking way older than I am. Could be they ID everyone.

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  • YES. they are prejudice against short people! CINEMAS ARE SHORT-IST

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  • Well maybe its because you still in your school uniform?

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    • 3mo

      No haha I'm just about to start university!

  • It's not biggie. I got ID'd when I went to the movies at 18 and you had to be 16 I think to get in. I also get ID'd all the time when I'm alone and buy or order alcohol. But when I'm with my boyfriend I never get ID'd, hence my boyfriend makes me look older even though he's a year younger than me *crying**

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