West Palm Beach, FL asked in Consumer Law for Florida

Q: Can I sue a store for discrimination if I’m the only person in line being asked to show I.d. to buy a lottery ticket?

I have never been asked to show I.d. To buy a lottery ticket. The legal age to buy one here in Florida is 18. I’m 31 years old. I feel like because I am short statured, 5’0” to be exact, that I was refused the purchase of a lottery ticket. It was very embarrassing. I asked a couple people that were in line ahead of me if they were asked to show i.d. and they said no.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No, as far as I know, one cannot sue for discrimination on the basis of "stature", even if you could prove that your being short was the reason for the discrimination. It appears that the reason they asked for proof of identity may have been that you looked like you were under-age. In any case, why not just show your ID, or go to another dealer?

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