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Where do I sign?

November 4, 2010

In this age of hackers, ATM security lapses and major global companies learning their customer data has been compromised, why is it that a growing number of retail outlets are not requiring signatures?  I often find myself incredulously asking, where do I sign? Only to be told signatures aren’t needed for purchases under $25 or even $50 now (at Target, I think).

These stores, while not asking for signature, are also not asking to see my credit card or my photo ID. It aggravates me, and I think it is irresponsible on the part of the vendors. Thieves and hackers are stealing identities and credit cards and more, and the places we shop are not looking out for our best interests. Am I the only one bothered by this?

I know this isn’t insightful, emotional or otherwise personal. Just needed to vent.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin permalink
    November 5, 2010 06:52

    You should check with your Sister who works in Retail IT. Nowadays, debit pads and the systems behind them take the encrypted information in your card, which is uniquely identified by your card to you. Just because you are not signing doesn’t mean your identification or your credit will be stolen. They do this for fast cashiering because customers don’t want to have to wait online for another second. That’s one of the biggest complaints from retail customers across the board. Also, you have the card in your hands at all times, so you are relatively safe. I am more concerned about handing my card over to a waiter who could swipe it on the sly and reuse it or having someone steal my wallet or my mail.
    — Your Sister


  2. November 5, 2010 11:28

    Who knew!? Thank you for easing my troubled mind.


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