OK, skip this post if you don’t like reading rants.
Not only does Costco require me to use my debit card, instead of allowing me to swipe my card as a credit card, but they also love to violate my 4th Amendment rights.
First, the card issue. Costco, like many businesses, chooses not to allow their customers to use their bank card as a credit card. They limit you to using your bank card as a debit card. Let me tell you, if you haven’t heard it before, using your bank card as a debit card, (ie. typing in your pin number), is opening yourself up to more risk of being a victim of identity theft. Using your card as a credit card, allowing you to sign on the line, is a bit safer. In fact, if your card is being illegally copied, they won’t get your pin. This is an import point to understand.
Costco’s refusal to allow me to use my bank card as a credit card, as my bank allows, is increasing my risk of being a victim of identity theft, again.
Second, the violation of my rights. Once I have purchased my goods, and decide to exit the store, they are mine. It is in fact the exchange of currency for goods that allows me to exit the store, without being detained and arrested for theft. I should not be forced to stand in another line, then prove to a tired cashier that I have purchased the goods in my cart by showing proof with my receipt. This angers me in ways I can’t explain. These goods now belong to me! If a store employee, or any official, decides they want to verify (read: search) MY goods, without probable cause to believe that those goods are not mine, they are violating my 4th amendment rights. (The 4th amendment to the United States Constitution allows me the right to NOT be subject to an illegal search and seizure.)
So, from now on, when I choose to exercise my love of capitalism and visit a retail store, I will use the printed currency of my wonderful country, the mighty (but currently weak) dollar. Then, when I am exiting the store, I will simply exit. If I am illegally detained and/or illegally searched, I will deny that violation and verbally demand to be released from the illegal detention. I will verbalize my protest by saying, “I do not authorize you to illegally detain me or search my property!” Of course, I’ll try to draw some attention to myself, and the now startled and slightly embarrassed retail employee.
Yeah! I love my freedom!