Here we have to show a driver's license to buy beer in many stores. There's some state agency that dictates which stores can be trusted enough to require or not require proper identification. And I don't look like I'm 21 years old these days, of course. And I like to joke about and point out that my driver's license is extra special and legitimate and fully verified, because it is, but clerks don't understand or care. It's weird, but I am really the person that my documents claim that I am But to the point of your post. Governments are really messed up, decrepit and gone past their their "best by" freshness dates when they penalize native citizens for minor violations, yet allow anyone else to violate our laws with impunity. Governments/systems in decline excel at enforcing the trivial laws against normal citizens, but cannot or choose not to enforce laws against non law-abiding residents (note distinction between citizens and residents). The former case is easy -- everyone's following the rules -- while the latter is ignored. It's a wonderful petri dish for organized crime. This is seen all over the West these days. Will law and societal rules be applied fairly, evenly and impartially? Or will laws be applied selectively, subject to the whims of some politician or powerful broker? Pro tip: we really want the laws to be applied objectively.