A new trend has hit TikTok that shows teens how they can score alcohol without an ID. The trick? Dressing up as senior citizens to buy booze. The trend could already be losing its luster, however. Critics are calling the teens out for their illegal behavior, and videos are disappearing almost as soon as they appear.
A New Trend in Teen Drinking
The trend seems to have taken hold earlier in the pandemic when a few social media users pointed out that face masks could make it easier for minors to use fake IDs.
Now that we have to wear masks, this is the best time to buy alcohol with a fake ID since the early 80’s…— Jason Lawhead (@JasonLawhead) April 6, 2020
i mean i’m just sayin♬ original sound – mrpoorbucks
Weeks later, clips have surfaced of minors taking the idea to the next level. A teen scheme that would ordinarily be a long shot has now become viable thanks to the rise of face masks and other COVID-conscious coverings. Able to cover most of their faces and hands, all teens need is some mature attire and maybe the odd grey wig to pull it off.
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In one of the most popular examples, a young girl puts on an old lady mask, scarf, face mask and gloves to conceal her age. Her friends film her walking around the store before she’s seen walking out with a bag full of tall cans. Later, the girl is seen dancing with her friends and their ill-gotten booze on the side of the road.
Another, since-deleted video reportedly showed a teen girl putting white powder in her hair to make it look grey. One scarf, face mask, and floral dress later, the same girl is seen twerking on the side of the road with a bottle of Tisdale.
A Trend on Its Way Out?
The New York Post reports on several videos of teens dressing up to buy alcohol. However, many of these videos have since been removed or made private by the uploaders. The sudden removals may have something to do with the potential legal ramifications that the Daily Mail says many commenters have been pointing out. Others reportedly wondered whether the trend’s popularity would be its undoing, as store owners now know what to watch out for.
With the viral clips dropping faster than high school freshmen at a house party, maybe parents can take comfort that this dangerous trend will be gone sooner than later.