Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two Minutes Hate

Can I See Some ID?

I really hate having to show my ID when I buy something with a credit card.  Not all the time, like if I am buying something that is over $500.  I think it makes sense for the store to check it out.  That is not when I am usually asked for ID though...in fact the past couple large purchases I had, I know for a fact one did not.  When I am asked for identification it is always when I am buying something small.  Why yes, I did just steal this credit card and thought I would splurge on this $8 container of kitty litter.  Woot!  Or yes, I want to make the most of my stolen credit card - that is why I am only buying items on 75% off clearance with a total of $22.  It is so annoying.  I would rather never have my ID checked than go through that BS, the only reason I am using it in that situation is because I don't have any cash on me at the moment.

I know some of you are probably thinking "They are just trying to protect you."  First, that is a bunch of bullshit.  They may be trying to protect themselves but they are definitely not trying to protect me.  Secondly, I never asked them to protect me.  I don't write "see ID" instead of my signature.  I just want them to take my damn card with as little hassle as possible.  Finally, I don't care if they are trying to protect me.  I've had my credit card info stolen a couple times and although annoying it wasn't too bad getting it all straightened out.  I am just not that worried about it.

End Hate


Lax Guy said...

Remember way back when Visa check cards/debit cards were just starting to become mainstream? There were clever commercials starring Tiki & Ronde Barber, Kevin Bacon, Bob Dole, and others trying to pay with a check only to be hassled by the clerk demanding like a bajillion forms of ID. The commercials played on the Barbers being identical twins, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Dole's innability to win, etc. The whole point of the commercials was that debit/credit cards could be used without the hassle of proving that you are in fact the card holder.
Now we have come full circle...

Michael said...

Ha ha...I had forgotten about those.

I still say, if the card works, I shouldn't need ID.