Teens on TikTok dressing up as grandmas to purchase booze

Teens on TikTok are dressing up as grandmas to buy booze

The kids are alright.


Bryan Rolli

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 15, 2020   Updated on Jan 27, 2021, 1:54 am CST

Poor Gen Z. They didn’t ask to inherit this world, yet they will ultimately be the ones who have to reckon with it. Teens, like many people, have faced a slew of obstacles and hardships amid the coronavirus pandemic, forcing them to devise crafty solutions. 

But the pandemic might have made some hurdles easier to overcome. Namely, scoring booze.  

Gen Z-ers have been taking advantage of nationwide mask mandates to buy alcohol without having their fake IDs scrutinized. Some have gone even further by disguising themselves as grandmas with wigs, makeup, and a tasteful cardigan or sweater. After all, what liquor store clerk would ask an elderly woman to take off her mask in the middle of a pandemic to verify that her face perfectly matches the one on her license?

The stunt has become a TikTok phenomenon, with faux-grandmas racking up millions of views. TikToker @aamandaward specifically advised enterprising teens to keep their masks on while making their purchases. 

“PSA: use ur fakes as much as possible rn bc if you wear a mask they can’t see ur whole face lol,” she wrote in her video.

Several lit grandma videos have gone viral on TikTok. A July 4 post from @claare__18 shows her rocking an elderly woman latex face mask (along with her medical face mask), head scarf, and age-appropriate attire to buy alcohol at 7-Eleven—and then cuts to her twerking with her friends on the side of the road.


In another video by @angelinaleavitt, her friend @abimosher puts her hair and makeup skills to the test and successfully picks up several bottles of wine with her granny disguise. Similarly, the video cuts to her twerking on the side of the road in celebration. (Is this part of the challenge, or just coincidence?)


for legal reasons this is my actual grandma @abimosher #fyp

♬ GOOBA – 6ix9ine

These boozy grandma TikToks make one thing clear: If Gen Z is the future, we might be OK after all. 


H/T New York Post

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*First Published: Jul 15, 2020, 7:48 am CDT