an obnoxious and annoying git
Joe Braxton wrote:I'm willing to give a little slack to health care workers (but only a little). What really gets me is when I go to purchase something (with cash), and they ask for my zip code or even my phone number. I know it's for "market research", so I am an unpaid guinea pig. The exchange usually goes like this: "your zip code?" ........"3"........(look of confusion)....."I'll just put in the store's"......."that's good"...
The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 requires that agencies obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before requesting most types of information from the public. "Information collections" include forms, interviews, and recordkeeping requirements, to name a few categories.
paul wheaton wrote:
I cannot imagine going in to the good food store to buy a banana and being asked for my name, address, phone number, date of birth, etc. But I cannot help but think that if we just roll with so many organizations doing this, it will just be a matter of time.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Are you referring to new client info for uninsured patients? Because if you are, I would think that they want your SS number so that they can either check your credit, or ding your credit if you don't pay.
Peter VanDerWal wrote:When asked for a phone number, my wife just pulls out her cell phone and gives them the phone number from one of the recent SPAMers that called her.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Around here, they swipe your driver's license/ID for certain cold medicines, the government tracks these purchases for meth manufacturing. Alcohol and tobacco usually just get a look.
Dan Boone wrote: I should point out that everybody in the grocery business (except Walmart) now has a "loyalty card" (you have to give all your demographic information to get one) and various incentives to swipe the card with every transaction. I don't shop at the places that tie all their discounts and loss leader pricing to use of the card. I do shop at places that require their cashiers to ask me for my loyalty card at every checkout. I say I don't have one (politely) and decline to get one when they ask if I want one (again, politely).
Travis Johnson wrote:A few years ago when you went to the hospital, they asked if you had firearms in the house. I always refused to answer, to which they would say, "we take that as a yes then", to which I would say, "You would be wrong, but it really is none of your business. We do have the second amendment right." They no longer ask that nonsense.
Nicole Alderman wrote: What do they do with these questionnaires we fill out?