Can I see your ID?
It's a question dozens of Gonzaga students have been asked over the past couple weeks as the Washington State Liquor Control Board cracks down on fake ID's and underage drinking.
Lt. Robert Reynolds, an officer with the Liquor Board, said clerks and bouncers in the University District have seized a 100 fake ID's from students in the past month alone.
Students can buy the sophisticated ID's online for $100. Reynolds said the fake ID's are so believable, it's even hard for a trained eye to spot.
"And so we will be out looking for them as long as they keep using them," said Lt. Robert Reynolds.
Friday night, Reynolds and four other officers set up at sting at two mini marts near Gonzaga. The officers stopped and checked ID's of several students who recently purchased alcohol and appeared to be underage.
Officers also stopped a Gonzaga freshman as he walked across Hamilton with a open container.
"Liquor board come over here,"said Officer Chris Obringer as the freshman walked by.
"Put that down on the ground over here. You got your ID on you?" he said.
"I don't," said the unidentified student.
"You don't have any identification at all?" asked Officer Obringer.
"I don't bring my wallet out," the student responded.
The student later admitted he was underage, just a few months shy of his 21st birthday. The student received a ticket for minor in possession.
"We want them to know that somebody is out looking and in that case that somebody is the Liquor Control Board," said Lt. Reynolds.
Because, underage kids and alcohol don't mix.
"You have people getting in cars and accidents and really can just destroy their whole life in a matter of seconds because they had to have that drink, they couldn't wait until they were 21," said Reynolds.
During the sting, Reynolds and his team made contact with 20 students, all had real ID's and were over the age of 21.
Reynolds believes students may be finally getting the message.
"The message is though if you've got the ID's ut them away, pack them up in your college box and relive your memories when you are 40 or so. And don't get your self in trouble," he said.