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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Call me paranoid but there is something that just bugs the dickens out of me. It's like this. When I'm at the store, I swipe my credit card and punch in the pin number, and sometimes people are standing so close, I can tell you what soap they used (or didn't use) in the shower that morning. What's up with that? Excuse me, but I think pin numbers are, um, private! Does that ever happen to you? 

Maybe I'm a little oversensitive about these things. I also wait a car length behind people who are in the bank drive-through at the ATM to be respectful of their privacy. Is that too extreme? Does anyone else worry about these things?

Come to think of it, when I was in school, I never liked people looking over my shoulder when I went through my locker combination. Okay, I have issues.

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:35 AM  
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At 12:46 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I am private like that, Diann. I am private like that at home! (Where there are lots of people...)

This year someone hijacked my credit card, so I was glad we had one of those alert systems. In all the years I'd never had that happen, and I suspected all sorts of people as I retraced when I'd last used it!

Probably missed my calling as a police detective...

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Lori said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly! I always stay a car length back at the ATM and when I am in line behind someone at the checkout, I always give them plenty of space, whether they are paying with a card or with cash (I don't need to see what's in their purse!). When someone is too close to me at the checkout when I'm paying, I will politely ask them to step back. You can never be too careful, especially in this economy and with identity theft running rampant. You are definitely not alone in your stance on this topic!

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Since I pay cash for just about every public transaction I make, this is not a problem for me. But I can relate to people intruding on my personal space. Maybe that is one reason I don't like crowds.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Abby said...

That is why I never choose to put my pin in at merchants. I always swipe and tell them to run it as credit so I can just sign for it. I don't use my pin unless I'm at an ATM. I work at a bank and see a lot of stuff! You can never be too cautious! The sad thing is how many people's family members are the ones stealing from them and using their pins. If you give out your pin to someone, you can't dispute items that that person has done on your card! Craziness!

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm so glad to know I'm not alone on this. Abby, that's a great idea about the credit thing. I've been doing that more lately, too, and I feel much better about it!

Thanks for your comments!

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I have some great advice that might just help you out. Enter your debit as a credit card. When the machine asks for your pin, press cancel and then it will give you the option of credit card, etc. Click on it.

And even better, the store pays for the transaction, NOT you. When you use your pin number, you pay for the transaction.

Hope this helps.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I don't like people standing close to me period. Sometimes I want to throw my arms straight out and spin around while yelling, "You're in my spaaaaaace."

But I don't think that'd go over well.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Deena said...

you're NOT the only one:-) I hate it when I'm writing a check even and someone 'watches' me write it. My favorite stores are the ones with the little guard things on their atm/credit card machines...kind of like a viewmaster screen.

But if it 'beeps' when you punch in the number...all bets are off. Remember the memory game 'Simon"? That was practice for thieves who rip off atm numbers...I'm telling you, we're getting ready to go cashless...........

We got hacked to the tune of $1,500 when my husband caught it...the bank reversed it all since we were able to prove we hadn't traveled to Mexico recently...but while he was on the phone with the bank, they tried to get another $1,000 through an atm!!!!

Poor things didn't realize they swipe a pastor's atm card...we aren't wealthy...they'd already overdrawn us by $500---'cause it isn't hooked into our savings, Praise God.

So, no, you're not alone, Di......

At 12:40 PM, OpenID lynnrush said...

Yeah, that bugs me. Especially if they have dragon breath too....I mean, come on, it's called personal space, right?

No, seriously. I hide my pin any time I punch it in. You know, like crouch over the machine, put my other hand over the keypad....I don't care if I look like a dork. **smile** Anyone who knows me already knows I'm a dork, so it's okay.

You are NOT alone, Diann :-)

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I'm with you. And the whole standing too close thing has other repercussions too. Like what's with people standing in the grocery aisle with their cart so close to you while you're signing the cc slip that you don't have elbow room? I actually had a women bump my behind once she was so close. I have to admit I turned and glared so hard she back up about four feet. Not my proudest moment, but ... really!

At 8:51 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

It's not the security oart that worries me so much (altho it probably should) but the invading of my personal space. I hate it. I've mastered the 'raising one eyebrow' thing (for people who say or do something stupid and I don't want to run my mouth at them, the eyebrow thing works better, lol) and find it amazing that I need to use it so often. The more electronics we use the fewer social skills we have.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Yeah, I agree with the invading my space thing. I don't like that, either. I've been using my credit card and that's been much better. Don't have to use a pin number. Thanks, everyone!

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I live around mostly Asians and they are very respectful of space. Move to California! Of course, you won't have any money to take out of the ATM so it solves two problems at once. LOL

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL, Kristin!

At 7:39 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

I totally can relate. Just a couple of days ago, I was pleasantly suprised to find the checkout atm I was using had "privacy walls" around the number keys. It's about time someone came up with the idea ;o)


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