Monday, March 1, 2010

The Trials and Tribulations of Looking Younger than Your Actual Age

I'm no stranger to dealing with surprised people who find out that I'm about 5-10 years older than I look. I'm pretty used to it, but every once in a while, it gets under my skin when people react strangely.

This afternoon, I walked into a Verizon Store to check out some new phones and I asked if I could look at the BlackBerry and the Palm Pre. Instead of cordially walking me over to the section with those on display, he reached behind his desk and gave me 2 phones that looked as if they'd been collecting dust for a few days. I was surprised by this, but took a quick look and asked him to tell me when I'm eligible for an upgrade. He asked for my phone # and my ID. (not sure why he needed my ID)

He then looked at my ID, looked up at me, looked at the ID and looked back up at me as if I had 3 heads. He had a look on his face as if he couldn't believe his eyes. I asked him what was wrong and he replied "You were born in 1981? I thought you were about 18 or 19 years old. I can't believe it."

Ya, Ya, thanks. Can I have my ID back now? It's no surprise that he thought I looked younger, but did he really have to look at me as if I'd just pulled a monkey out of my pocket? I mean, really! Not to mention, if he knew my real age, would I have received better customer service? Perhaps I would have received an actual sales pitch to buy a new phone rather than the lame attempt to reach into his desk for them?

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Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

I get it all of the time too, just the other day at Trader Joe's the cashier started laughing after he read my ID. "You wear it well!"

I guess it will be great to look 40 when I'm almost 50!

graduatedlearning said...

I suppose I also look younger than I am. I had a guy at a liquor store believe I was pulling a fast one over him when I handed him my ID.

One thing I've heard from friends is that, when you walk into a store wearing a business suit, you command a lot more respect and attention. You'll get much better treatment. Not saying it's right, but that's how it is.

And yeah, people say "you'll love it [being carded] when you're older" but of course, I don't love it right now!

Seattle Kim D said...

If it's any consolation, I was born in '85 and recently while chatting with the cashier at a clothing store I was asked which high school I went to. While it's a tad annoying now, we will appreciate it when we're 40 and 30 without the need for botox. :)

SilverNeurotic said...

I get mistaken for a lot younger all the time too. People can be downright rude when you walk into a bar or somewhere like that-up until you hand them your ID. Then they bend over backwards so you'll still tip them.

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Some people couldn't believe their eyes. Just wanted to make sure as double check >.<

Kirsty said...

People think im alot younger too! I recently got id' for a certificate 15 film at the age of 20. But its the sheer rudeness of the women who did it that really annoyed me, she got very annoyed when i was shocked she id' me! I feel your pain.
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I have the exact opposite problem that you do, I look about ten-fifteen years older than I actually am to other people. I remember one instance when I was about eight years old, my parents and I were on vacation in the Grand Canyon and the waiter tried to serve me a glass of wine. This has happened repeatedly over the years, so now before they can even try to serve me a glass (I'm 19) I order a Diet Coke and make a joke about how I only have a couple more years to go until I can drink, it really throws them off guard.

Last Green Valley Living said...

This happened to me today. I was born in 1973, was carded at the liquor store and the women said "WOW good genes", it took me a minute then I realized what she meant... Everyone tells me that I will appreciate this reaction someday....

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I just turned 30, and had my second baby not too long ago, I still feel like i'm 26 but walking around the mall with 2 babies I get the feeling I look kinda old! Before the babies I would get that reaction all the time too, but now its soo different, funny how a couple of kids can change public perception!

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