You’d think a big star like Josh Hutcherson, from The Hunger Games among other films, would be a big enough hot shot to buy his booze without having to resort to using a fake ID BUT, because the young actor is only 19, well, he does have to be more inventive when shopping here in the US for alcohol. A few days ago, Hutcherson was snapped by the paps walking out of a Ralph’s grocery store with a big ol’ bottle of booze and it was discovered that he used a fake ID to make the purchase! Naughty, naughty.
19-year-old “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson took a not-so-cheap shot at a Ralph’s Grocery store — he posed as over 21 and got the check out clerk to sell him an expensive bottle of whiskey. We got this pic of Josh leaving the Ralph’s in Sherman Oaks on April 18 with a bottle of Macallan whisky in hand — which, by the way, goes for $170. A source tells TMZ … Josh used a fake ID to score the bottle. It’s interesting … a few weeks ago we got Josh on camera, grousing, “I think the age to go to war is 18 … so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well.” A spokesperson for Ralphs tells TMZ, “We strictly enforce all laws relating to the sale of alcohol to minors. We will investigate these allegations and take any steps necessary.” Josh could be prosecuted and the maximum punishment is 6 months in jail, although in reality he’d spend no time behind bars. Authorities could also go after Ralph’s for selling to a minor. We reached out to Josh’s rep. So far, no comment.
Yes, this is illegal. Yes, this is wrong. Yes, this kind of thing happens every single day. Josh is no different than many other 19 year olds who have to resort to, well, criminal activity to get their hands on booze. I can’t say that I personally endorse this kind of behavior but … he sure does look proud of himself in this photo, don’t he? We can’t know what he did with this expensive bottle of whisky … maybe it was a gift for an older, of-age friend? Who knows. Let’s just hope that Josh exercised his better judgment with the booze afterward.