The magical badge intern truly believes that an impressive name tag can take the place of an over-21 driver’s license at the bars AND provide diplomatic immunity during misunderstandings with the police. Other perceived powers: Access to any area anywhere, including airport lounges reserved for frequent fliers and members-only clubs. Instant conversation starter with swooning crushes. Free rides on the Circulator bus.
Bartenders, bus drivers and police officers quite often roll their eyes at the magical badge, forcing that intern to demand to speak with a supervisor.
(Several people suggested this intern, including Erica L. Brecher, a student at Penn State.)
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