Buying Whipped Cream in New York? You’ll Need To Show Photo ID at the Register
Sorry parents, you can no longer send your teen to the grocery store in New York to buy, among other things, a can of whipped cream because the store will not be able to sell it to them.
A new law quietly went into effect on November 25, 2021, but for some reason, perhaps because the law went into effect on Thanksgiving day when families had already purchased their pies and whipped cream and were more focused on eating them than researching laws, people have just now realized that any person under the age of 21 years old is no longer allowed to buy whipped cream in New York.
Whipped cream in a can, that is.
The reason for the age restriction on purchasing whipped cream in a can is that the cans are filled with Nitrous Oxide which is more commonly known by the public as laughing gas- the same thing dentists use to sedate patients.
Young people have been getting creative in their quest to experience all sorts of highs, including inhaling the Nitrous Oxide from cans of whipped cream. And this is why there is now an age requirement to buy whipped cream at the grocery store.
When used properly, such as by a dental professional, Nitrous Oxide is safe. However, if used improperly some of the side effects can include but are not limited to psychosis, nerve damage, and even loss of consciousness.
In New York, anyone purchasing whipped cream in a can is required to show proof of age through a valid ID while at checkout to prove that they are at least 21 years of age or older.
Anyone found to be selling whipped cream in a can to a person under the age of 21 is subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 for an initial offense and up to $500 for each subsequent offense.