Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, March 20, 2010

What Do Casinos and Big-Box Stores have in Common?

They're watching your every move, from the moment you drive into their parking lots until the moment you drive out.

The stores say that they are watching you "for research", like you're some kind of goddammed critter in a rainforest somewhere.

Sure they are.

Here's what is coming down the road: You walk into a one of the large-chain retailers. You buy something with a credit card. A camera at the register records that transaction and now they have your name, address and what you look like. If they get your e-mail address, then the next time you go to the store and look at something, but don't buy it, you might get a targeted e-mail offer.

But it'll all go into some huge-ass database somewhere and if there is anything that we have learned during the Chimpy Administration, it is that if the retailers assemble databases, the feds will get access to them.

3 comments:

Unknown said...

1) Pay cash for everything. It took a while to get used to, but that's what I've started doing.

2) Lie a lot. There's no law that says you have to give your address to Radio Shack. Sometimes they enter the fake address I give them into the computer and the computer tells them it isn't real. That's when I get in their face and tell them yeah, it's fake, and I only gave it to them because I was trying to be polite, but if they want to make an issue of it I'll take my business elsewhere.

3) Retaliate. If you think a store has stepped over the line, you need to vote with your feet. Yeah, some other place might cost a little more, but you can't put a price on freedom, can you?

4) Remember, the store has precisely zero legal power over you once you make your purchase. If the alarm goes off as you're leaving that's their problem. They want to check your bag on the way out, ask to see a warrant. They get hostile about it, you get hostile right back and demand that they call a police officer if they think you've done something wrong.

Computers are not our friends. The average US citizen is now more closely monitored than the East Germans were. The fact that it's being done by private parties instead of the government is no comfort. At least not to me.

montag said...

Maybe Wal-Mart should spend more time watching who uses the store intercom.

Joe said...

I like to put on a show for them. When they pull that stunt about raising the price on the big bag, I make a big deal of pulling a calculator out of my pocket and then buying the smaller, cheaper one.

In my dreams, I have a big "DNFW" next to my consumer profile.