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So I was at the post office just now and I went to pay and they refused to accept my credit card.

"It says SEE ID Sir. We cannot take this card."

Oh great. This again. I just dealt with this yesterday too.

All my cards say SEE ID on them.

So I put my signature on it, what the hell. It's a small squiggle.

They refuse it still. "That's not a signature."

So I pull out my drivers license, to show them my signature .. and the guy starts refusing to want to look at it, like he's been beat up side the head and told he'll be fired if he looks at anyones drivers license instead of signing their card.

He finally took my card.

What kind of utter bullshit is this? Are their clerks that stupid that they can't be relied upon to look at someones PHOTO ID when the card asks for it, so instead, they ban their ability to do so?

And for what, theft protection from stolen credit cards?

I need to find a new planet to live on. An advanced race of beings who would, like I, laugh at the fact that a signature on a credit card AS THE form of ID protection is no different than say.. your PIN being printed on your ATM card. If it's there, a thief can use it. Duh? DUHH? *drools*

I'll just think happy wolf thoughts. Yes .. happy wolf thoughts. *whine*

- Keman

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wolffit
Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Herein lies the problem with that.

For starters, merchants don't have to collect signatures anymore. They haven't for years. When was the last time you signed for gas you purchased?

Starbucks realized this some time ago. Use a credit card there and the only piece of paper you'll get is the receipt.

A thief can peel that sticker off if they find your card. I use big bold magic marker to mark mine, basically eliminating the signature stripe so noone can put their own signature on it.

I thought we were beyond the times of needing signatures to prove it was you using the card.
wolffit
Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
One step further- are any clerks actually trained on how to correctly use a signature to accept or deny someones identity?

I know when I worked for radio shack 10 years ago, I sure wasn't. Maybe the guy signing was tired. Maybe he was using a different pen. Maybe his signature was changed. But I knew if I said "No, that doesn't look like your signature." I'd probably get fired if I so much as tried to push the issue.

A store clerk is not some board certified examiner of documents and handwriting for signature authenticity.

.... but anyone can look at a photo ID with all of the issuing states anti-counterfeit efforts put into it. Why is this so hard?
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bikercheetah
Dec. 2nd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
In this day and age, I'm surprised we don't have one card that takes care of everything. One card that has a chip, maybe a thumb or index finger print and all the contact information on it. But why hasn't that been implimented? Because all the VISA, Master Card, etc logos will be done away with, thus business will plumit. That won't happen, but that's what most people will believe.

Half the time cards aren't checked for ID. I know if I go to the grocery store, they don't even see half the card I use. The main problem is that the US postal service is probably losing so much money due to E-mail and whatnot, they think that eliminating problems like fraud would cut down on wasted money. If Joe Thief swiped your card and it was stolen, he would then cause a chain reaction, if the problem was picked up fast enough. The credit card company would then have to find the person, hunt him down, get the money, put him in jail, whatever. That costs a lot of money, considering it was for an, oh, 10$ purchase... Then again, most thieves would buy something expensive, then burn the card. Things are weird like that.
hydra_velsen
Dec. 3rd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
people would scream mark of the beast. too much paranoia and religous zealotry in the US.
wolffit
Dec. 3rd, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
I've already got the mark of the beast, several of them in fact.

Plus I've got two microchip identification implants .. so by all means, scan away! :P

Keman
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bikercheetah
Dec. 3rd, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Don't you have a tatto of like a logo or university on your back? Its one of your LJ Icons. I remember seeing it somewhere, but I don't remember.
wolffit
Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
The husky with his head turned and the red eye is the Washington Husky's football team logo.

The one on this comment is a custom design made with a joint effort between a friend and I, and yes it's the tattoo on my upper right shoulder.

http://www.interwolf.net/tattoo-finished.jpg

All three of my tattoos are quite custom drawn by friends and I ... getting something that's non-custom and worse, commercial .. is quite lame IMO. Whatever you get should be very personal to YOU if it's something that will be on your skin for the rest of your life.

- Keman
captpackrat
Dec. 2nd, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised more banks haven't started issuing credit/debit cards with photos on them. Bank of America did this, but I haven't seen another bank since that offered a photo card.

They should also start requiring PINs for credit cards like they do for debit/ATM cards. I don't think I've ever been asked for ID when using a debit card.
laceaurora
Dec. 3rd, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
geez *hugs*

Yes we are truly blessed with retarded people on this earth, hehe
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