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'Hunger Games' Star

Tricks Grocery Store

Into Selling Him Whiskey

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

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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Keep drinking age at 21 and for the love of god raise the driving age to 18.

911 days ago

nipples mugee    

First they try to ruin Mel Gibson and know they are ratting out people,,,....

911 days ago

muhamed must have been coddled too much as a child.

911 days ago


Could be worse,he could be drinking Boons Farms like I did at the age...

911 days ago


In Texas, the store loses the liquor license and pays a fine; the cashier pays a $1000 fine and faces up to a year in prison. Don't forget the lawyer's fees. This poor cashier is boned.

911 days ago


Pretty pathetic TMZ...I wonder what Harvey was up to when he was 18?.............

911 days ago


At least it is not a hand sanitizer! I do agree that age of drinking needs to be lowered to 1980's level of 18. It's all about responsible drinking and that way teens won't have to act out by getting drunk off posion like hand sanitizer!

911 days ago


He was just getting it for Haymitch...

911 days ago


The drinking age here in Manitoba, Canada has been 18 forever. It is totally weird that you would think someone is responsible enough to serve in the military, buy their own home, have a family of their own and you're still monitoring any behavior. When Justin Bieber was here for the Jets game he was legally able to buy drinks and as soon as he crosses the border he becomes a child again. Weird.

911 days ago


the age to go to war is 18......but you didnt! dont pull that card jody.

usmc 2010-

911 days ago


you know u suck tmz ! i bet u its not real josh said in a video he is against underaged drinking ! u ppl like to ruin careers -_-

911 days ago


I agree with him completely. You can sign up for the military at 16 and be dead by 18 but you can't have a ****ing beer? Its an outdated puritan law.

911 days ago


thats scotch not whiskey and nice taste for a 19 year old.

911 days ago


You guys are a bunch of f*ing narks. "He used a fake id" Jesus, get over yourselves already, this web site is garbage, I'm done

911 days ago


Big A TMZ at it again....i wish there was people with cameras following you around...u would catch harvey sneaking out the back of andy ***** house....

911 days ago
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