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My friends and I went out for an impromptu night of dancing, but were turned away because one of them did not have his ID and another, unbeknownst to him, had a license that had recently expired. Sure my friends would be flattered to be mistaken as under 30, the minimum age used by liquor inspectors (confirmed by a representative at the Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia). But, they are in fact 48 and 56 years old! On top of that, the staff member knows one of the men, and he actually had a military ID (albeit recently expired) with his picture and date of birth. I appreciate that staff need to exercise caution because it can be difficult to determine if younger people are the legal drinking age, and there is currently a huge influx of underage students arriving in Halifax making this task especially difficult. I also recognize that every establishment has its rights to establish its own policies. But, in this case, it seems the staff member and/or the night club’s policy is unnecessarily strict as these guys were clearly of age even though their IDs were expired. —Just wanted to work it

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