Amish Unable To Buy Alcohol

By Scott Sarvay

July 9, 2010 Updated Jul 9, 2010 at 12:57 PM EDT

GENEVA, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - As of July 1st, anyone purchasing alcohol is required to show a photo ID. For religious reasons, most Amish refuse to be photographed.

Indiana's NewsCenter visited Geneva’s Case and Quart, where the owner said about 25-percent of her business if with Amish customers. In fact, while conducting the interview an Amish man is in his 60's was refused a sale because he didn't have a photo ID.

Until Tuesday of this week, the BMV issued, "photo-exempt" ID’s, which would allow groups like the Amish to purchase alcohol, but now that practice has been stopped and liquor storeowners like Lisa Ringger are concerned about their business.

Since this problem doesn't impact stores in urban areas to the same degree there won't be as many complaints, but retail storeowners like Lisa have contacted the BMV and excise police looking for direction. It's really the combination of the new law and the change by the BMV in issuing the ID's that has left a percentage of people unable to purchase alcohol.

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