@El_Gato Mine is also from my bank. It has my bank's name, colors, and logo on it. It just also has a MasterCard logo on it, because my bank has a deal with MasterCard to allow its debit cards to be used anywhere that accepts MasterCards.
@El_Gato Cigarette vending machines? That's different. Both the fact that they have them at all, and that they accept cards. Most vending machines here are cash-only, though I've started to see a few that accept cards. Really, though, vending machines are mostly limited to soda and snacks in the US, plus the occasional Red Box (DVD rentals) or lottery ticket machine.
@El_Gato Ah, okay. Well here you can't verify age with a bank or credit card either. The lottery machines I mentioned are cash-only, but the only ID they'll take is a driver's license or a state-issued non-driver ID. In any case, I've never seen cigarettes sold at a vending machine, they're always behind the counter and/or inside a locked case.
Well, these vending machines make it pretty easy for minors to buy cigarettes anyway. All they need to do is to sneak the bank card, drivers licence or ID outta their mom's or dad's purse and screw the vending machine with it.
That accounts for smoking as well. I once saw some documentation on TV where cops were looking out for smoking minors, then picking them up and return them home. But that's not all. They were forced to attend to some program where they are told about the dangers of smoking. Unthinkable in Germany.
@El_Gato Yeah they love mandatory programs like that in the US. For drunk driving, pretty much every first-time offender gets sentenced to Alcoholics Anonymous or something similar. Plus a suspended driver's license, of course.
Americans make too big of a deal out of alcohol, smoking and drugs. Just look at the state of Washington and Colorado, where cannabis is legal. I don't see those two states go downhill, and the Netherlands are still a very nice place.