Thursday, January 19, 2017

Careful... I'm Watching!

I never cease to get a kick out of patients who try to hide their PIN number as they type it in on the point of sale machine. These people usually do the same thing... they swipe their card, then when it pops up to enter the PIN, they'll partly look up to see me standing there, then cup their hand over the PIN pad and type away.  

I'm sure they're just protecting their MILLIONS of dollars, right? Do they really think that I'm going to memorize their PIN number, somehow steal their debit card, then have a free-for-all down at the Wagmart? Part of me wants to be insulted by this, and another part of me just wants to just laugh.

(For those of you who don't know, PIN = Personal Identification Number)


Anonymous said...

I think it's just a habit, like using your turn signals. It's not specific to your presence; anyone nearby gets shielded.

real drug store said...

so, do you really need to say "PIN Number "? that would be personal identification number number. saying PIN would be sufficient.

Anonymous said...

Usually the same people that glare at you when you ask for DOB or god-forbid an address or some other form of identifier so you can find their stupid happy pills. Every pharmacy has one. The one with a glorious cocktail of SSRI's, opiates, benzos, amphetamines and other assorted psychotropic drugs?

Goodness, you do realize I can just walk over to my computer and look up all sorts of 'confidential' information that you refuse EVERY SINGLE TIME to provide to the poor tech helping you?

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the summer job I had working in a bank where they would require an account holder to place a thumb print on a check if they were making it out for cash (don't ask why, it was just the policy and I was the naive compliant college kid).

Some people would get all bent out of shape over giving the thumbprint and how that is "too much personal information".

Of course they conveniently forgot that their name, address, phone number, bank name, and bank account number were already pre-printed on the check...