I am a body that fills in a space at any number of chain pharmacy locations in the large midwestern state I dwell in. Different cities and counties have different laws concerning sales of Sudafed containing products. Most areas have an rx only requirement but when I work at the ones that allow Sudafed sales with a government issued photo ID the antics ensue.
The only acceptable forms of ID are passports, military photo ID, driver's license or state ID. Some people try to pass off expired IDs, stolen IDs, library cards, public pool photo ID, employment badge, etc. Each person seems overwhelmingly surprised when an ID is denied. Sorry!
Depending on the white trashiness/ghettoness of a neighborhood I will keep a tally of how many IDs get denied. It is kind of funny because they are always like "I haven't bought any in a long time." but the online state registry says you have so I give them the rejection printout with website that explains why they can't have Sudafed even though they already know damn good and well why. I'm talking to you lady shake'n baking meth in the loss prevention room at a Wal-Mart...
I can guess with 95% accuracy which IDs are going to reject. Such stereotypes are: black guy with dreadlocks and stupid tattoos, black lady with scabby face and dazed look, white lady scabby and bruised (will probably also want a 10 day supply of insulin syringes for her grandma/cat/friend's dog), older black guy with bluetooth earpiece in and currently conversing to make sure he has the right package size/product, white guy/girl that is unsure and has to go out to the car or another person in the aisle to confirm desired product size/contents, emaciated young female wearing stupid sparkly clothing/eye makeup/smells of weed/already fucked up on something or another, dirty fingernail girl with dirty fingernail boyfriend both buying same product usually replete with stupid tattoos, homeless looking guy/girl with relatively new ID and exact amount of cash, guy that opens wallet with multiple different state IDs, guy/girl with ID from a municipality 2 or more hour drive away . If you work in a pharmacy with ID sales you have seen and sent away empty handed all of these stereotypes because stereotypes have their start in truth and reality.
I emailed the DEA to see what they were doing about it and suggesting they take a statistical approach to weeding out meth cooks. I told them they need to get the math geeks that helped Target figure out when a woman was pregnant around the 2 month mark. Why can't law enforcement take all the sales records of IDs and match multiple purchases and state IDs then cross reference with welfare, tax, disability, and unemployment records attached to these same IDs and hunt the fuckers down like the worthless shit that they are. Maybe I'm a little overzealous in the war on this particular drug but I despise what was once limited in scope to biker gangs in the 70s to now rotting the infrastructure of every neighborhood in modern society.
I leave you with my favorite rejection. I had a middle aged black lady come in with a half smoked Blunt in her mouth. She handed me an expired $2 off coupon for Aleve D Cold & Sinus. I told her it was expired and she was like "Auight." So I scan the product then the ID. It rejects. She gave me the most well rehearsed stink/surprise face I have ever seen with the head cocked back and eyes wide. She even took the Blunt out of her mouth and said "Say what?" I almost lost my shit! It took every ounce of self control I could muster not to double over on the floor with laughter. It could have only been better if I threw confetti and released balloons like the Publisher's Clearing House Prize patrol. Congratulations! YOU'RE A LOSER!