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Last month, my older sister was supervising a group of students working on a Homecoming parade float after school at a student's home when some anonymous loser threw a brick through her driver's window and swiped her purse. When she called Denver police, they told her she could come in and file a report the next day or she could file online. She went in ASAP to file and notified the necessary places that her purse had been stolen and she didn't want to be held liable for any transactions she didn't make.

A few weeks later, she got a letter from 7-11 telling her that a check from her account written out there bounced. She called the store that the check bounced at and explained that it was a stolen check. It turned out they don't require photo ID for checks under $60. They keep their security tapes for 30 days, so she asked them to review their tapes from the time the check was written. Nothing back from them yet.

Last week, another of the stolen checks was made out for $500 at a Target store. When they called her (her home number is on her checks), she found out they didn't ask for a picture ID on that because her driver's license number was preprinted on the check.

Because she filed a police report well before the loser used her stolen checks, she's not liable for the cost of them. I'm glad at least that much of the US justice system works, but I want to know why the hell these people aren't being asked for picture ID? I rarely write checks for anything other than student loan payments, but I wrote one or two a month back in North Carolina when I ordered pizza on Friday nights Himself didn't get a dinner break. Even though I was a regular customer for two years and have never bounced a check in my life, I had to provide photo ID, two phone numbers Himself or I could be reached at, and a license/ID number before my check was accepted and I got that pizza.

The more I have to deal with people, the more I understand why Himself thinks we should stay the hell away from them. I have to give up all sorts of personal information to write a $20 check for pizza delivery, but if I smash and grab somebody's purse in Denver, I can go on a shopping spree at Target and not get so much as a passing glance when I check out.

If I find out who did it, there might be pictures.


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Oct. 21st, 2003 03:27 am (UTC)
That's crazy. I've never wrote a check here without them wanting to see my ID. They also have to write 25098 things on it when they get it. I hope they catch the person!
Oct. 21st, 2003 06:45 am (UTC)
It's very weird. When I'd use checks (I rarely do anymore other than for mail stuff, which is difficult to check ID on), I think it was about 50/50. A lot of times, they'd just ask me to write on my ID Number on the thing and call it good. Which didn't bother me so much at the time because, y'know, it was me, but... yeah. It was always sorta in the back of my mind. At least typically for more major type purchases, I think they'd need it.

Am I the only one bothered by the way they don't check for photo id with Credit Cards? (Well, debit...) I think the first time I bought something, I was getting ready to offer my ID and they actually were rather rude about not wanting to see it. So, uh...yeah.
Oct. 22nd, 2003 12:18 am (UTC)
You know the little automatic atm customer-swipes-the-card things that are popping up everywhere? No ID check there ... same for King Sooper's self check out. Sure they have cameras all over those, but when you pay with a credit card you just swipe it through and it calls it done...I'd almost be infavor of having some sort of biometry ident for those (thumb/ finger print). The only reason I don't is because in my experience they're not sensitive enough yet. There's a finger print scanner to get into our colocation space, and I have to put my thumb there 3 to 7 times to get through the stupid door. I just don't have a lot of definition in my finger prints ...
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