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					                                                                          Mark Confusion:         /20
Article of the Week #2
                                                                          Close Reading:          /20
The Dangers of a Fake ID                                                  Rhetorical Situation   /20
By Lucy Valencia, Arizona Daily Wildcat                                   Reflection:            /40
Published: Monday, February 21, 2011                                      Total:               /100

The average college student does not turn 21 until
his or her junior year, meaning approximately half        McLaughlin said she and other bartenders at
of all undergraduates are not of legal age to drink.      O'Malley's catch most fake ID users during the
                                                          weekend and only occasionally during the week.
Yet, young people flood bars near the UA's campus,
ordering drinks every weekend.                            "It pretty much happens every Thursday, Friday and
                                                          Saturday night," she said.
Twenty-seven percent of 12 to 20-year-olds drink
alcohol, according to the 2009 National Survey on         McLaughlin said O'Malley's uses procedures similar
Drug Use and Health. Arizona mirrors the national         to Gentle Ben's to deal with fake IDs.
trend with 27.4 percent of respondents drinking in
the past month and 16.8 percent of those binge            "We do not give it (the ID) back to them under any
drinking.                                                 circumstances," she said.

With 59 minor in possession arrests made by the           With a grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of
Tucson Police Department this year to date,               Highway Safety to deal with alcohol and underage
students are finding a way to drink underage.             drinking, the University of Arizona Police
                                                          Department aims to show the safety and legal risk
"I definitely know that a lot of kids have them (fake     involved in using false IDs to get into these bars is
IDs)," said Hilary Zenuk, a pre-medical freshman.         far more expensive than the potential bar tab.
"It's obviously really popular, especially with all the
bars on University (Boulevard) and Fourth                 Once the use of a fake ID has been reported, police
(Avenue) being nearby. People want to drink."             can do either one of two things, according to Sgt.
                                                          Juan Alvarez, UAPD public information officer.
Zenuk said the riskiest thing about obtaining a fake      The person can be cited and released, as usually
ID is that people who create them illegally cannot        happens with students, or they can be arrested and
guarantee their reliability. It's a matter of getting     booked into jail for a misdemeanor charge.
                                                          A person caught trying to use a fake ID could be
"If someone uses a fake and we notice it, we              charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor and receive a
immediately take it away, call police and file a          maximum of four months in jail and a fine of no
report," said Brett Rucker, manager at Gentle Ben's       more than $750. They could also be charged with a
Brewing Co. Gentle                                        more serious Class 1 misdemeanor, with a
                                                          maximum of six months in jail and up to a $2,500
Ben's doesn't have many issues with fake IDs,             fine can be imposed for the charge.
according to Rucker, but nearly all of these fake ID
incidents involve UA students.                            "It all depends on the judge," Alvarez said.

Katie McLaughlin, 23, a bartender at O'Malley's On        In regards to underage drinkers faking their way
Fourth, said that all of the doormen must take a          into nearby bars, Josh Davis, 22, a junior business
class through the liquor department to ensure they        major, said he has seen bar employees ask a variety
are trained to spot a fake ID.                            of questions to test the card holder's true identity.

                                                          There's some (bartenders) that ask what your
                                                          astrological sign is. The person really has to make
sure they know all the information on it," Davis                   "People at the bars have the right to refuse service
said.                                                              to anyone … We just simply don't have the time to
                                                                   be at every bar, every weekend," Alvarez said. "We
Alvarez said it is common for police to see students               try to avoid acting as an ID checking service."
returning to campus after hitting the bars. He gave
the example of finding separate identifications for                He added that UAPD needs officers ready to
two different people in the same wallet, after                     respond to all other issues in order to provide the
stopping a person for a law violation or probable                  best service to the community. Tucson Police
cause. The same misdemeanor charges can be                         Department often responds to fake ID cases,
applied.                                                           depending on the scenario and location.

UAPD can't always be on the case.                                  http://wildcat.arizona.edu/news/the-dangers-of-a-

Rhetorical Situation
Did you mark up the
article to show confusion
and evidence of close
Choose two new                 1.
vocabulary words and
define them.

Author- Who wrote the

Subject- What was the
topic of the text?

Main Point- In one
complete sentence, what
was the main idea?
Audience-Who was this
article written for?

Exigence-What makes this
topic “urgent,” interesting,

Purpose- What is the
author’s goal?

Reflection-Respond to the article above. Please answer a minimum of one of these questions in a one page
reflection of the article. Remember: DO NOT WRITE A SUMMARY! I already read it!

    1.   Have ever or will you ever use a fake ID? Why or why not?
    2.   Why do you think teenagers cannot wait until they are 21 to drink? Is it social pressure?
    3.   If you could make and change laws, what age would you allow people to drink?
    4.   Do you think it is the bars’ responsibility to report fake IDs? Why or why not?
    5.   What would your parent think/do if they caught you with a fake ID?

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