"Huh?" I said.
"ID, you know, for the beer."
It dawned. He was carding me. "You think I'm under 21?"
"Yeah, naw, I mean, it's policy."
"What's policy, to card seniors?"
"We gotta card everyone. It used to be only to 40, but over in New York someone ran a sting or something. So now they make us card everyone. No exceptions. You got ID?"
I found out later they had carded my 82-year-old stepfather, too.
So I called Price Chopper corporate and, yep, it really is Price Chopper policy. Corporate told me they're worried about litigation, about new state laws like Tennessee's that mandate universal carding for alcohol purchases. Hear the whole commentary on this here.