Scan or not to scan?
Pub patrons divided over new ID rules
❝ When an 80-year-old man needs to provide ID ... you have a problem. — Richard Medway
PHOTO identification scanning for all is a move that’s left Gladstone residents divided.
While some think it’s a good move to ensure the safety of pub and club patrons, others say the rule has taken it a step too far.
The Observer asked its Facebookers yesterday what they thought about the new rules that mean if you want to have a drink in town after 10pm, you need your photo identification.
“When an 80-year-old man needs to provide ID ... you have a problem ... pretty sure legislation can be done far better than that joke,”
Richard Medway said. He said similar rules had been tested in Cessnock in New South Wales.
“It doesn’t work, they stopped doing that about three years ago and Cessnock is a troublesome place,” he wrote.
Mary Brough supported the idea of ID checks, highlighting it would help stop violence in Gladstone premises.
“The ID is scanned and shows the time you entered the premises and if anything happens and the video shows it was you then you can go and say you were somewhere else cause they have your id scanned saying you were there,” she said. Johannes Noordermeer was also in support of the new rule.
“Where do you draw the line? 50? How do you know that without ID. Better off just having the legislation for everyone. Also, a 70-year-old out after 10? Power to him.” Meanwhile, others like
Kristy Rohrlach are unlikely to notice any change.
“Not worth going out; more enjoyable having good company at home and it’s cheaper and you don’t have to deal with people who want to start fights,” she said.
Rhondelle Sailor: We should have ID checks all the time, day and night. Then there would be no trouble.
Luke Richards: It’s catch 22. I don't want the invasion of privacy but it is effective if there is a problem.
Robert Nurrie: If they ask for my ID, I’d be flattered they think I could be a problem.
Catherine Dowson: I think it is down right ridiculous. What would you need that for?
Lex Whiteside: I “live” at the Queens Hotel so it will not be a problem for me.
Karl Decker: There should be an age cut off. Old people don't make problems.