Would You Hand Over Your Driver's License Just To Get Some Pancakes?
from the seems-a-bit-excessive dept
There have been plenty of studies showing just how easy it is to get people to hand over personal info. In past years, we’ve seen stories about people giving up enough info for identity theft in exchange for a ballpoint pen, a chocolate bar, theater tickets or are personal favorite: nothing at all (they just asked people for their info). However, perhaps some people are finally learning to be a bit more careful with their info. At least a few are upset in Quincy, Massachussetts, where the local IHOP is requiring customers to hand over their driver’s license before they can eat. The idea is to prevent the rise in “dine-and-dash” customers — but some customers clearly don’t think the potential for identity theft is worth it for some pancakes. Of course, you have to wonder how many of them feel about handing over their credit cards in the exact same restaurant. It’s clear that not everyone is disturbed by the idea. Apparently the security guard holding the IDs had about 40 of them when the reporter checked in on the restaurant. Speaking of which, isn’t it the security guard’s job to prevent people from dining and dashing? In the meantime, it looks like the policy hasn’t lasted very long. After IHOP headquarters found out about it, the restaurant’s manager has agreed to kill the program.