1. says

    Difficult to buy beer for an underage teen, but super easy for the said teen to buy an assault weapon. That’s today’s Rethug-infested America for you.

  2. sonofrojblake says

    I shall not ask whether that’s really how people talk in America, because I’ve seen/heard it. I know there will be minimal overlap between (a) Yanks with a passport and (b) the kind of people who’d say “gimme a beer” and expect to be given a beer, but allow me suggest that if you tried that in a pub in England (or worse yet, Scotland), it wouldn’t matter how old you looked or what ID you could produce, you’d be lucky if you were just thrown out.

  3. billseymour says

    sonofrojblake, what’s wrong with “gimme a beer”?  It’s rude because it’s a command, but is there something else that I don’t get?

  4. jrkrideau says

    @ 5 billseymour
    It’s rude

    Exactly. Canadian here, but same reaction. Person probably/y would not get thrown out but staff and regular patrons would discourage the person. Besides, anyone that rude can be expected to be a troublemaker.

  5. Jazzlet says

    The pubs I go in you would be expected to ask for a specific amount (half or pint) of a specific beer (the number served varies but there are few pubs these days that sell only one beer) and, yes, to say “please”.

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