Test Drive A Car, Get Your Kid's DNA Sample

from the odd-promotions dept

Here’s an article about the increasing practice of parents getting a sample of their children’s DNA on the extremely small chance they get kidnapped. I remember, as a kid, going to get fingerprinted for the same reason. It seems that some parents are pushing for storing a DNA sample instead of the fingerprinting method. Of course, the article doesn’t mention any issues of privacy, but I imagine someone must think this is an invasion of privacy in some way. The weirdest part of the article, though, is that apparently many car dealers are offering promotions where you come in and test drive a car – and they’ll take a DNA sample from your kid. I’m not exactly sure where the connection between test driving a car and sticking a swab in your kids mouth comes in.

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