When I stopped at the pharmacy for a prescription, again, I was asked to give my address in the presence of several strangers.
I find this odd...and more than a little irritating. How often do we hear or read about the dangers of identity theft? Don't they realize they're making it easy for anyone within earshot to steal your personal information? In either situation, you have no idea who might be listening!
It might even be setting us up for physical danger. Have you ever had to give your home address in a public place, only to notice someone paying just a bit too much attention, and wonder if the creepy character is going to turn up at your door later? It's a possibility. Remember the movie Death Wish? The creeps who forced their way into the protagonist's apartment and robbed and murdered his wife and brutally raped his daughter had the address because they happened to be in the grocery store when the two women were there. They got the address off the grocery delivery receipt.
I understand the need for requesting such information, but a better, more private means of obtaining it is needed. At Walgreens, I show my state ID, which has my address on it. At the doctor's office, where verifying my phone number is required, I have it written on an index card, which I keep in my bag.
Any thoughts on this?
My partner in crime, William Kendall, is finally back in action with two new blog posts--one at his own blog, Speak of the Devil, and the other a guest post for Annette Gendler. Be sure you check them out!
(Also posted at WordPress.)