Aunt Jen Posted May 3, 2015 Share Posted May 3, 2015 This morning, I went to Target to get a few things. Among them was a bottle of Nyquil against that distant day when I may ever get a cold. (I don't get them much.) Checking out, the cashier required my driver's license for it. I refused. I asked to speak to someone about why, and a supervisor said it is because they're required in California now to log DATES OF BIRTH into their computer system on the purchase of cold medicine. I told her I doubt that's true. (I've heard nothing.) And I refused to give the data. She said I couldn't buy it, and I said okay. I also said, however that if they were worried, I could go somewhere else where management doesn't lie to employees about why they're collecting driver's license info/DOB, buy it there, so what difference does it make? She sounded very credible when she told me all stores are required to collect that data, and I wouldn't be able to get but a minimum amount due to limits put on purchasers. I didn't buy it. I got my other stuff, and left. I went to see "Ex Machina," the movie on Artificial Intelligence in my other thread. THEN, after the movie, I went to the grocery store for---you know---groceries, and among them, I also bought a bottle of that same Nyquil. At the register, the register said to check my I.D., but the cashier said it was only to see that I'm of age, as if it were a purchase for liquor. I happen to be nearly 60---only look 26, Ah-HEM!---and she could tell I was of age, so she didn't demand to see the driver's license, and even if she had of, they didn't need to log my DOB in her computer system. HERE AGAIN: I can check this with some other retailer at some time (in a year?) if I ever buy another bottle, but it 's just another attempt by a retailer to pressure people into dishing over private information. The resale market for private info must be pretty rich. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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