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Bad News for Trump: A Fresno Grocery Clerk Didn't Really Say That.



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One of the most popular stories today in America is only 260 words long.
It quotes a grocery clerk in Fresno.
And it’s totally made up.

Portrait of GV Wire News Director/Columnist Bill McEwen
Bill McEwen
Satire is Andy Borowitz’s specialty, and The New Yorker provides him a forum to exhibit his comedic skills.
So after President Donald Trump falsely said Tuesday night at a campaign rally that you need a picture ID to buy groceries, Borowitz penned his response under the headline “Millions of Americans Denied Groceries After Failing to Provide I.D.”

Writes Borowtiz:
From coast to coast, food-seeking scofflaws were turned away from supermarkets, convenience stores, and fruit markets as they tried to circumvent the nation’s long-standing grocery I.D. laws.
“Given that Americans have been required to show I.D. to buy food for years, it’s amazing that people still try to get away with this,” Carol Foyler, a supermarket cashier in Fresno, California, said. “It’s always, ‘Oh, I left my food I.D. in my other pants,’ or some B.S. like that. Believe me, I’ve heard it all. “
Actually, Americans have heard it all from President Trump, who doesn’t let rain, sleet or the facts stop him from delivering his ugly prescriptions for America’s ills — real and imagined.
By the way, I bought a bottle of water before my workout Wednesday.
It was 4:30 a.m. It was dark. And, other than the cashier and a Frito-Lay rep stocking the shelves with Doritos, Cheetos, and other snacks, I was the only person in the store.
I handed him a $20 bill, and he counted back the change.
I guess I was lucky because he didn’t ask for a picture ID.
Don’t tell the president.
If he knew what I did, he’d probably sic ICE on me.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email