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So I was at a bar in East Portland the other day, and the bartender asks to check my ID before serving my drink. Fair enough, I think, and proceed to present my District of Columbia license. After taking a glance she hands it back, telling me “technically I’m not supposed to take these — DC’s not a state,” that the OLCC are sticklers for this sort of thing, but that she’ll go ahead and let me slide. I balked and told her “I’m pretty sure that’s not *technically* accurate.” She proceeds to lecture me on the rudeness of questioning her, a knowledgable bartender, and I think came close to asking me to leave but I bit my tongue and apologized.
I went ahead and looked up OLCC regulation on this, which appeared to support her argument.
I went ahead and sent a Tweet to the OLCC who stated that DC licenses, even Canadian and Mexican, were valid IDs for bars in Oregon. I wish they would better educate bartenders on this. Or write better regulations.”