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Fresh off flight number six-two-one from New York City twenty-four-year-old Marketing Representative Jim Smith needs to rent a car to get to a business convention in hectic downtown Los Angeles He tries several car-rental companies near the airport with no luck Finally Ryder graciously rents him a huge moving truck Nearly relieved Smith hauls down to his meeting where he bumps into parking problems He begins worrying about his professional image when he takes half an hour shifting back and forth to park the yellow monster-mover nine blocks away from the office which causes him to arrive twenty minutes tardy Other than his apparent anxiousness to appear at the meeting he wishes to be a mere 365 days older knowing that it would liberate him from all the chaos He knows the few extra days would give him legal permission to rent the car that he needs so badly At this point all he can think about is how embarrassed he feels about being inadequately young In most states car-rental companies make the minimum age for rentability twenty-five and prohibit renting cars to younger underage drivers The companies claim that underage drivers like Jim Smith are not dependableor responsible enoughto handle the responsibilities that come with renting cars Some companies with persuasion however occasionally allow underage drivers to rent cars but with an underage surcharge Nonetheless because of the high accident-rate and irresponsibility associated with drivers younger than twenty-five most car-rental companies do not think renting to this age group is worth the riskThough some people may feel otherwise the exercised policy seems unreasonable First it demonstrates that the policymakers regard the trustworthiness of legal adults inconsistently Then the rental companies abuse the policy Some customers in this way regularly suffer more than the loss of rentability Fourteenth Amendment rights prohibit discriminatory characteristics as such and rental companies may lose a good deal of business as a result To alleviate the objections car-rental policymakers should
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