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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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76.

GET OVER IT    

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....

819 days ago
77.

jay    

Stop snitchin TMZ! smh one more snitch article and I'm gonna stop coming here

819 days ago
78.

twister    

THE ONLY REASON THE EMPLOY MIGHT LOOSE HIS JOB IS BECAUSE TMZ ARE ****ING SNITCHES !!!

819 days ago
79.

jrcole    

i think the actor shd be prosecuted he obtained the fake ID the store shd not get in trouble since he had a ID.they shd show his smart a** the inside of a jail and by the way dipwit that is why drinking age is 21 because dumb as*es like you just because you think u r a celebrity u have hurt a mom /pop business

819 days ago
80.

jim    

do u really need to catch someone scoring a bottle of whiskey , is this the type of news u want to report. get a life

819 days ago
81.

Stefan    

the clerk is not gone get fired ,he checked for a id (it was a fake one but hes not a ****ing scanning machine to detect each fake) hes covered. The real *******s are the ones who made the pictures and published the story. Maybe someone bought the botle for him , they dont tell us nothing in the article and they leave room for speculation.... not the way you make real articles... just cheap shots.

819 days ago
82.

Sarah Katherman    

He actually frequents a bar I go to in hollywood (Dillon's Irish Pub) so I always just assumed he was of age. Anyhow I agree about the drinking age, it should be lowered, but the driving age should be raised, like in europe.

819 days ago
83.

dont know     

why are you guys such haters?

819 days ago
84.

brad    

Way to get a store and a checker making minimum wage in trouble or fired. Yaaahhh for you jackass...

819 days ago
85.

cas_21    

He needs to shave his legs instead of buying booze!

819 days ago
86.

jhug    

TMZ you are a bicth

819 days ago
87.

Tigers Wood    

I don't see how this skinny kid won in the Hunger Games.

819 days ago
88.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

He's a celebrity. Let him get drunk and/or accidently kill himself if he wants to.

819 days ago
89.

Yolanda    

While alll these folks on here calling TMZ names ?!?!?! OKAY, DID this KID KNOW that he wasn't supposed to do it? yup. Did he JUST have another incident about him being in a club underage???yup. Does he KEEP doing it. YUP. It's like he has no respect for the law now that he's making a bit of money.

HE"S FROM KENTUCKY. HE KNOWS HE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DOING ANY OF THIS. AND YET because he has a decent movie he thinks he's above it......

DON'T hate the game hate the player.

819 days ago
90.

Jade    

He's gunna be the male version of Lindsay Lohan.

819 days ago
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