So, I went to Macy's the other day, and I got the deal of the century. Go me.
When I went to check out, I handed the cashier a credit card.
"Would you like to use your Macy's card instead?," she asked. "Do you have a Macy's card? Because if you do, you'll get an additional fifteen percent off your purchases today."
"Erm," I said, "I'm not sure if I have a Macy's card or not." Because I have approximately nine billion customer-loyalty store cards in my wallet. I'm not sure WHAT-all is rattling around in there.
"Oh!," she said. "That's okay! I can check the system for you! I'll just need your driver's license, please."
I forked it over. Hell, I get proofed half the time I buy beer. No biggie. Most stores can tell if I have a loyalty card just by entering my phone number into the system, but whatever.
"Now," she said, "I'll need you to enter your social security number into the keypad. Don't worry, I can't see it."
You know, I went ahead and did it. And the system determined that I did not, indeed, have a Macy's card, I declined to apply for one right then, and blahblahblah.
And then I got back home and started thinking.
The cashier had had access to one of my credit cards. (The one I used to pay.) She had access to my driver's license. And while she SAID she couldn't see my social when I typed it in, how did I know for sure? Those stores have mirrors all over the damn place. And for all I knew, it could have shown up in neon-green on her checkout screen as I entered it.
Talk about the perfect opportunity for identity theft.
I stewed about it for a little bit, then I called the store and talked to a manager. Who reassured me that, yes, indeed, they needed both a driver's license and my social when checking to see if I have a store card.
WTF, Macy's? Really? You need to see more info than my bank required when I applied for a flippin' MORTGAGE? To see if I have a stupid store card?
That sh*t ain't right.