Group in N.H. denied alcohol when IDs show D.C.

WASHINGTON — A group of people from D.C. wasn’t allowed to buy alcohol Saturday in Concord, New Hampshire because their identifications showed they were from the Nation’s Capital.

The Concord Monitor reports a state law says individuals of age can buy alcohol if they have a photo identification from one of the 50 states or Canada, a passport or a military card. Washington, D.C., however, isn’t mentioned.

Concord Food Co-op customer service manager Joshua Bourassa tells the Concord Monitor, “We get three to four people each year who we can’t sell to because they don’t have proper identification.”

Bourassa says he usually apologizes and tells them they can probably go to a different store and buy it.

Travis Mitchell, one person in the group of friends denied alcohol, says he doesn’t fault the cashier for denying the purchase, but finds it strange.

The Concord Monitor reports the statute was enacted in 1990 and last reviewed in 1998.

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has since issued a clarification on the law, stating that alcohol can be sold to those with a D.C. license:

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