"Whadda ya mean I can't come in? That's a passport!"
"I know it's a passport. It's expired by a year. Which means it's no good."
"I just got back from Canada with it."
"I doubt it. You have any other i.d.'s?"
"I don't need anything else, this is my passport."
"You do if your coming in here. Have a good night."
Whether you have a passport or any other kind of i.d. it has to be valid. Any i.d. that is expired is no good. It doesn't matter if it's a Driver's License, State I.D. or a Passport. It has to be valid and it has to be you.
Recently I've been getting a lot of expired passports. People hand them off to younger siblings because they don't need them and can't use them anymore, which is a Federal Offense.
"I bet a cop would say that I could get in."
"Would you like to ask one? There's one right there." I point to a squad car sitting at the corner. "Just remember, it's jail time in a Federal prison if they really want to be dicks."
So the kid goes over to the squad and talks to the cops. Next thing, they walk over to me and ask why I wouldn't let the guy in with his passport.
"Well, the passport expired over a year ago and I don't think it belongs to him."
The cop still had the passport in his hand and started to look closer to the picture. "Where'd you get this passport kid?"
"What? That's me, that's my passport!"
"You have any other i.d. with you to prove that statement?" The second cop started walking behind the kid.
"No, I don't have anything else with me. I got mugged a couple weeks ago and that's all I got."
"Well, if you don't have anything else with you then we'll have to take ya to the station to make sure this is you."
"Yea, and if it's not you then it's off to jail with ya. You understand this right?"
"But.. all I wanted was to have a drink?"
The cop points over at me, "And all this guy is doing is his job. I'll give you a chance, if this isn't you and you admit it now, we'll let you go here and now. If it is you then you have no reason to not go with us."
The kid stood there, it looked like he was actually thinking over the options. Freedom or Jail. Big decision...
"Can I just go home?"
"Sure thing," the cop started to turn and nodded at me, "We'll see ya later Mike."
After the cops left the kid stood there for a few more minutes. Finally he spoke. "Why'd you have to be such a dick?"
"Kid, your the one that took it too far. I said no, you got the cops and had your passport taken. Learn when to drop things."
"Fuck you," the kid walked off.