The Red and Black is running a series this week on the truth and consequences of fake IDs at the University of Georgia. Common Linkedin Scams 5 On A Guide FUq6TT focuses on the legal costs. For those underage drinkers arrested by police, the good news is that a jail sentence is unlikely. The bad news: fines, community service and hefty legal bills.
Update: Apathy, technology help fuel underage drinking
Wednesday’s article covers the history and technology of fake IDs. It also points out that apathy by alcohol providers is part of the problem. There’s also some convoluted logic from a student:
“Ultimately when it comes down to fake IDs, it’s all about personal responsibility … Athens teaches you how to be a grown-up, and if you have a piece of paper that says you’re a grown-up, then you have to act like one.”
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Athens-Clarke County Police Maj. Carter Greene said this is because of a combination of discretion on the part of police officers as well stringent laws concerning when someone should be charged.
“It could be discretion or it could be that they haven’t used the ID in an illegal manner,” he said. “It just depends … Being in possession of a fake ID that says you’re a different age than you are is not a crime in of itself.”
Update: Bars have mixed record of compliance
Friday’s article looks at how closely bars check IDs and keep out underage drinkers. Police undercover operations show 90 percent compliance with the law, but students under 21 say it’s easy to to barhop.