Although, posting about your criminal escapades on social media isn’t the smoothest move. But it sure is entertaining to watch.
Our future leaders, the promising youth, the generation that will change our world for good—what are they up to? Oh, you know, just the usual: pretending to be old ladies to buy alcohol. Forget about two kids in a trenchcoat. The newest trend among teens to get away with buying alcohol illegally is dressing up as senior citizens.
With face masks being mandatory in most establishments, some people (mostly Karens, as we like to call them) are complaining about it, claiming they make it impossible to breathe and that somehow, they’re taking away our freedom. But younger generations see them as a great way to protect themselves, and as a very effective way to go unnoticed.
With their faces half-covered by the mask, Gen Z-ers are also making their hair all puffy, raiding their grandma’s closet, and hitting their nearest liquor store to buy a few bottles. Most of them have gotten away with it.
This prank started on TikTok, with thousands of videos showing their granny-makeovers and sharing their success with their followers. According to DailyMail, one 18-year-old girl revealed she used baby powder in a part of her hair to make it look grey, and wrapped the rest of it in a scarf.
The most famous videos have been watched between one and two million times. Among the captions they chose for their TikToks were “for legal reasons this is my actual grandma”, and “PSA: use ur fakes as much as possible rn bc if you wear a mask they cant see ur whole face lol”.
Dozens of teens have been showing off their successful purchases. Bottles of wine, White Claw cans, vodka, you name it. This past week, that’s what’s gotten TikTok users laughing, and it marks the end of the fake ID era (at least for as long as this pandemic lasts).
TikTok’s community guidelines state that content that offers the purchase, sale, or trade of unlawfully acquired goods will be removed. This is probably the reason why most of these videos can’t be found anymore.
In an interview for Insider, a TikTok spokesperson mentioned “TikTok is a platform for positive, creative self-expression, and keeping our community safe is a top priority,” he said. “Our Community Guidelines make clear what is not acceptable on our platform, and we use a combination of technologies and moderation teams to identify, review and, where appropriate, remove content that violates these guidelines.”
As for store owners, we’ll have to wait to see if they become aware of this trend. Will it be soon? Will they ever find out? That’s a mystery that, for now, shall remain unsolved. Stay safe and obey the law, kids.