The uproar that mandatory face masks have created in the past few days is enough to make anyone not want to go outside for at least another four months.

From 24 July, face masks will have to be worn in shops in the UK, with one Tory MP calling it a 'monstrous imposition'. Similar rules have already been put in place across the United States, which has led to all sorts of disagreements and even threats towards staff.

However, one group of people are using this to their advantage.

Teenagers in the US on TikTok appear to be taking part in a prank where they dress up as elderly people in face masks and use fake IDs to purchase alcohol, an activity that we cannot possibly condone.

As some on the app have pointed out, teenagers can now exploit unaware shopkeepers by simply covering their faces as best as possible and using someone else's identification to try and buy alcohol.

Yet some are taking this opportunity the extreme by sporting wigs, glasses and headscarves in the hope that it will fool the unsuspecting clerk.

Some of these videos have already amassed more than two million views on TikTok and from the few that have gone viral, their efforts to purchase alcohol appear to have been successful, proving that shopkeepers aren't asking the teenagers to show their faces that are being covered by the masks.

Prior to this trend, Twitter users had suggested that teenagers now have the perfect excuse to buy alcohol with the fake IDs.

That being said we do have to question the logic of sharing evidence of lawbreaking on social media where it can be viewed millions of times.

Whether this trend will cross the pond when the mask laws are enforced in the UK remains to be seen but purchasing alcohol under the required age is illegal so please don't do it.

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