I remember buying the game 'Alice' at Target (it was an impulse purchase). They wanted to know my birth date. I asked what they were talking about and they insisted that they must have my birth date in order to sell me the game. No ID. They just wanted my birth date.
I thought it was some weird way to verify returns or some type of marketing ploy to collect data on game buyers. I scoffed. The girl at the register said she thought it was needed to be sure I was an adult. Funny. The game said "mature" and was shelved next to some Barney the Purple Dinasaur and Wheel of Fortune games. It didn't appear they were too concerned about it getting into "the wrong hands". Besides, I've seen greeting cards with more violence than this game.
Now, I'm 23 years old. I have more hair on my face than most wild animals. I'm near 300lbs. I'm muscular and built like a small tank. . . I haven't been used to anyone asking my age since I turned 16. I finally just said "Boy, I'm glad I'm just getting a game and not something really dangerous like condoms or a cheese grater!".
I gave her my birth date.
I still don't find that nearly as offensive as the commercial entities that want your Social Security number or mother's maiden name. Or worse, the 90% of grocery stores that require you to sign up for a card so big brother can keep a databse on how many tampons your girlfriend runs through each month and how many packs of jerky-treats your pooch wolfs down in a week.
What's worse is that people will just shrug their shoulders and roll with it, which makes people who take issue with these infringements have a much more difficult time, because those trying to infringe on these areas of our lives are lulled into a general expectation of having this information handed over to them like pennies to a beggar.
I just read K5 for the articles.
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