So, who has to be carded and who does not need to be carded when buying tobacco products in Tennessee? Good question. Here is a quick story to illustrate the ID laws.
Someone became a little upset over a pack of cigarettes at a Memorial Blvd. gas station… According to a clerk at the Murphy Express, a man walked in asking for a pack of smokes. The only problem is that the man did not have ID. According to state law, Proof of age is required if an ordinary person would conclude on the basis of appearance that a prospective buyer may be under the age of 27. The subject in question at the local store, evidently appeared to be 27 or younger.
After the cashier refused to sell the cigarettes to the customer, the man was said to have cussed the clerk. The man then left the store to retrieve his identification. Once back, the culprit allegedly threw his ID at the clerk. That was when the clerk refused the sell and told him multiple times to leave. A police incident report shows the man refused to leave until the store employee picked up the phone to call the police. Upon his exit, he allegedly threatened to beat up the clerk.
While police were on the scene, the subject called the store asking to speak to a manager. Instead of talking to a manager, the man talked to police. The customer, who happens to be 38-years of age – which is over the age 27 ID law, suggested that he never made any threats.
No charges were filed and no word on if the customer looked 11-years younger than he actually did. Judging someone’s age can sometimes be a matter of opinion.
MPD Incident Report #14-14668