I find the whole idea of so-called security hilarious; the invented things that supposedly make things safer – like Airport Security. One of my favorites is the credit card signature.
Its been years since I’ve actually signed the back of a credit card for this reason. Most of the time, the checker at the Wal-mart doesn’t look at it anyway. Ever since I read the Credit Card Prank, I have gotten a bit more daring – at the self-checkout lines anyway. Sometimes I try to sign with an “X”, “I Hate Wal-Mart”, and, as an ode to my eldest son, “I Like Monkeys”.
Today, I was at Shop-Ko and I went through one of the self-checkouts. It seemed faster – I only had light bulbs, printer paper, highlighters and a new toothbrush – and I wasn’t in the mood to chit-chat with the checker one lane over.
I put my purchases on the ol’ credit card, and signed it with what looks like the pattern on Charlie Brown’s shirt. I bagged my stuff and headed to my car. As I passed the self-checkout attendant, she commented, “Nice signature… it looks like the Rocky Mountains”.
Now, I was a bit flattered that she said something, but where’s the enforcement? I could have been using a stolen credit card. She should have called in the store security. They could have thrown me up against the wall and have me frisked until the situation was all sorted out. If I weren’t me, that’s $30.19 for which I’d be liable.
Security? Yeah, right.
I wonder what I should sign when I’m back at Shop-Ko later today.