Tue 1 Aug, 2006 01:40 pm
Waitress checks customer's ID, discovers self
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) -- A bar waitress checking to see if a customer was legally old enough to drink looked down to see a familiar photo.
It was her own.
The 22-year-old waitress, whose name was not released, called police last week and said she had been handed her own stolen driver's license by a woman trying to prove she was 21.
The woman, who became suspicious of the delay as the waitress went to call police, fled the Moosehead Saloon, but her companion provided her name.
Maria Bergan, 23, of Lakewood, was charged Sunday night with identity theft and receiving stolen property. She was arrested at her home in suburban Cleveland.
The waitress said she had lost her wallet July 9 at a bar in Lakewood.
"The odds of this waitress recovering her own license defy calculation," police Capt. Guy Turner said Monday.
The real enigma here is that the culprit was, in fact, old enough to drink; apparently she just couldn't prove it. Was obtaining an I.D. so horrifyingly strenuous a task to consider? Was identity theft really the easiest solution? My goodness.