A friend of mine recommended this place as a good meeting spot after a pens game, so my partner and I headed over right after the game ended. We seated ourselves as there was nobody checking identification at the door. When we ordered our drinks, however, the cocktail waitress asked for our ID, which we handed over. Before we knew it, she had left with our drivers licenses without saying a word. A few minutes later a gentleman came back with our licenses and asked us to leave because "they wouldn't scan." When I asked what that meant (especially since I hadn't been informed my id would be taken, yet alone scanned), he told us that the bar has a scanner from "that school over there." (We can only assume he was talking about Carnegie Mellon, but that's beside the point.) He repeated that he had "scanned" our Washington licenses multiple times and that they didn't work, so he had "no protection," and that we had to leave. So on our way out, I asked who I needed to talk to about getting our licenses to scan correctly, and the guy showed me the device they use. I couldn't believe my eyes... the guy was trying to read an ID with a barcode on the back with a magnetic stripe scanner! When I tried to bring this to his attention, he simply walked away.
Now I can understand wanting to protect against fake identification by having a scanner in your bar, but for crying out loud, at least get one that works for an ID from one of the 29 or so states that don't have a magnetic stripe on the back. And keep in mind that a lot of people don't want their f-ing card scanned in the first place. My card scanned just fine when I asked a non-retarded doorman with proper equipment to try it in NYC, but the funny thing is that he let me in without scanning it in the first place.
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