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To think cinema staff should actually ID people even when with their parents?

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TotalDefence5 Mon 13-Feb-17 13:53:48

DD and I went to see an 18 film. She is 18, but looks 13. She is very young looking. To the point she used to be asked if she is a lost year year 7 (obviously in sixth form now so doesn't get that). She has been IDed for Christmas crackers before!

She wasn't IDed for the film. AIBU to think they should when a person clearly looks under 18 and it shouldn't matter if the person they are with is obviously a parent?

myfavouritecolourispurple Mon 13-Feb-17 14:07:20

I see where you're coming from but it would probably end up like the Think 25 thing for alcohol and everyone under about 30 would need to carry an ID card around with them.

Magzmarsh Mon 13-Feb-17 14:08:35

They do in Edinburgh, we went to a 15 with ds who IS 15 and the eejit had forgotten his young scot card and we had to go all the way back and get it.

Your op doesn't make a lot of sense considering your dd was actually legitimately allowed to see the film, I don't really get what you're on about, maybe she looks older than you think she does.

janinlondon Mon 13-Feb-17 14:09:53

Tricky to know what ID they would accept?

Magzmarsh Mon 13-Feb-17 14:12:07

Sorry op just read my reply and it sounds a bit snippy and rude, apologies 😊

Trifleorbust Mon 13-Feb-17 14:13:01

I think it's up to them.

wettunwindee Mon 13-Feb-17 14:15:19

So you're annoyed an 18 year old was allowed to see an 18 film?


WankersHacksandThieves Mon 13-Feb-17 14:18:57

I was wondering about just this question as would like to take DSs to an 18 and neither of them are 18.

Did you feel there were a lot of people underage OP or are you bothered that your DD may be able to go to things she isn't old enough for (though at 18 I'm struggling to think what confused) ?

I'm not really sure what it is that's bothering you as surely its up to the cinema ultimately and the parents are clearly there offering their approval, so I'm wondering why it is any skin of your nose I suppose.

TotalDefence5 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:21:43

She was IDed for a Christmas cracker (age 12) she doesn't look 18.

steff13 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:25:05

I think if they're with their parents, it should be up to the parent to decide whether the movie is appropriate or not.

TotalDefence5 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:27:50

But that isn't the law Steff

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 13-Feb-17 14:28:13

still not getting your point OP. You would presume that she would be ID if she wasn't with a parent if she doesn't look 18.

Otherwise, why are you trying to police other parent's/the cinema's decision?

Huldra Mon 13-Feb-17 14:32:08

I've always wondered what type of ID a 15 year is meant to carry to get them into a 15 movie if they're asked.

Aderyn2016 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:36:38

I don't really see why this is your business. Fair enough if unaccompanied but if with their parents I'd say it is more their business.

steff13 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:37:42

Is it a law? Here it's a guideline. The theater can elect to not allow a child into the theater, but they aren't legally obligated to do so.

blueskyinmarch Mon 13-Feb-17 14:39:30

What a bizarre thread - you are cross because cinema staff didn’t ID your 18 year old daughter who was going to see an 18 rated film? confused

sonlypuppyfat Mon 13-Feb-17 14:41:17

I took my DD to see the Ricky Gervais film , she's 15 . We were asked for ID, now what ID would she have? Her birth certificate isn't acceptable and she hasn't got a passport I had to ask to see a manager to be let in. Being with your parent should be ID enough

WhiteCaribou Mon 13-Feb-17 14:44:30

I think the OP's point is that, assuming her DD does indeed look much younger than 18, she wasn't IDd for an 18 film which leads the OP to believe that other young people who are actually under 18 are freely able to go to the cinema and view films that have been certified as unsuitable for them. She finds it concerning and thinks that the cinemas should ID people as shops do with relation to alcohol or tobacco products.

WhiteCaribou Mon 13-Feb-17 14:45:06

That sounds really pompous doesn't it? Sorry, could think how else to explain.

CoolCarrie Mon 13-Feb-17 14:47:09

I took DS to see Skyfall , and then couple of weeks later, took him & a friend of his to see it again, had an argument in the cinema as they wouldn't let us in. Same cinema, same film!

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 13-Feb-17 14:47:42

My DSs have a Young Scot card that they can use for ID. Never been too much of an issue in my house though and they've never been asked for it. Both DSs have been 6 foot or over since they were 14 and DS2 who is now 15 has a pretty decent beard going on. DS1 is 16 and would probably not even get questioned on think 25! Luckily both are good boys and don't go out clubbing, drinking or viewing 18 movies (yet!)

rubyshoes3 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:48:18

We had this as a family we went to watch a 15 film with our 15 and 16 year old. When we went to get tickets we were stopped and told me needed ID for our 15 year old so my husband had to go back to get his passport to show. When we rejoined the queue we had another assistant and she did not even question the ages and let us buy the tickets.
Wish we just had joined another queue to buy tickets instead of going home to pick up ID.

TyrannosauraRegina Mon 13-Feb-17 14:48:28

There are lots of forms of ID you can get when too young to have a driving licence - CitizenCard and ValIDate are about £15 and do photo ID for 12-15, 16-18 and 18+. I know lots of people who have one for clubbing/buying alcohol in the shops because it's cheaper to replace than a passport or driving licence if it's lost.

youngestisapsycho Mon 13-Feb-17 14:49:18

My DD14 was desperate to see Suicide Squad. She went to the cinema with her friend and they were not selling tickets to anyone who did not have ID with them... All the legit 15 yr olds had bus passes or passports with them to show.

EveOnline2016 Mon 13-Feb-17 14:50:31

How often do your dd go to the cinema.

For 18 I was served with alcohol from my local shop as they seen my I'd frequently. They knew me and knew I was 18.

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