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'Hunger Games' Star

Tricks Grocery Store

Into Selling Him Whiskey

4/28/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Josh Hutcherson took a not-so-cheap shot at a Ralphs Grocery store
19-year-old "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson took a not-so-cheap shot at a Ralph's Grocery store -- he posed as over 21 and got the check out clerk to sell him an expensive bottle of whiskey.

We got this pic of Josh leaving the Ralph's in Sherman Oaks on April 18 with a bottle of Macallan whisky in hand -- which, by the way, goes for $170.

A source tells TMZ ... Josh used a fake ID to score the bottle.

It's interesting ... a few weeks ago we got Josh on camera, grousing, "I think the age to go to war is 18 ... so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well."

A spokesperson for Ralphs tells TMZ, "We strictly enforce all laws relating to the sale of alcohol to minors.  We will investigate these allegations and take any steps necessary."

Josh could be prosecuted and the maximum punishment is 6 months in jail, although in reality he'd spend no time behind bars.  Authorities could also go after Ralph's for selling to a minor.

We reached out to Josh's rep.  So far, no comment.

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151.

killam_all    

All the more impressive if you factor in that he's, what, 5'5"?

870 days ago
152.

madison    

ok i am really mad at you guys! He is a great and a great person! Yes i have talked to him he is super sweet! And he is just 1 year away from 21 he is not 19! GOd if you going to write lies het you facts right first!

869 days ago
153.

tori    

What an idiot!

869 days ago
154.

Orchid    

How many non-celebrity people do this all the time? I'm not saying it's right. I just think he is getting a lot more criticism than he would if he wasn't an actor.

869 days ago
155.

DougDiPlacido    

This kind of story is why we need to bring back public whipping posts. This ******* should be strapped to one and have his back feel 40 lashes. Maybe he will not feel so smart the next time.

869 days ago
156.

taylorgang    

Every 18 year old gets alcohol illegally, well almost everyone. If you don't think you child is then you're pretty naive.

Anyways, he just got caught by people with no respect to peoples personal lives.

869 days ago
157.

So Sad    

So this is a pretty pathetic story. I feel bad for the cashier. Some fake ids are really good and it's hard to tell they are fake. Maybe they didn't recognize the guy from the movie, maybe they don't watch movies much. So now the person is probably going to lose their job, and when you sell to a minor that goes on your record. That person is going to have a hard time finding a job anywhere now.

TMZ should be nice and do something for the person if they lose their job, since they felt this story was so important.

868 days ago
158.

Frustrated    

How dare you call him "underage?". He's old enough to vote, have sex, and die in Afghanistan. And Texas asked the Supreme Court for permission to execute kids five years younger than he is. What part of 19 is "underage?"

868 days ago
159.

Mike    

You people are some meddlesome *******s.

867 days ago
160.

trotcantorgallup    

The sad fact here is that he spent $170 on Macallan at Ralphs in Sherman Oaks when he could have just have driven a couple of miles to Costco in Van Nuys and bought the same bottle for $110 and picked up some beef jerky and Stacy's chips as well using his dad's membership card.

864 days ago
161.

Sarah    

He might have been sent by someone to go get booze for The Hunger Games seeing that Haymitch was an alcoholic and the producers could have called ahead to the store to let them know that Josh was coming to pick up the whisky. Or it could be a fake pic

846 days ago
162.

Rachael    

I love him..

834 days ago
163.

Rachael    

Idk man..i just love josh hutcherson..

834 days ago
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