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Old 07-15-2011, 04:00 PM
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This involves the first words of the original Star Wars rolling text:

A long time ago in a [mall] far, far away...

I was working my first retail job. I'd been there a month, maybe two. Guy comes in and picks some games out (I worked in a shop that sold games and puzzles, that's it - minorly irrelevant, but anyway). He comes up to the register. I ring up his sale, and he hands me his credit card. I run the card and hand him the slip to sign, which he does. Up to here, just basic, "Find everything OK?" "Yeah" "Total is..." conversation, neutral interaction, just two drones processing the transaction. As I take the signature slip, I check the card signature against the one on the slip.

Guy asks why I checked, so I told him the truth: "I have to."

He pops a gasket, throws a gear and says, "You have long hair, too, you -nut!"

My manager offered me some advice after that: tell them 'It's to protect you (the customer) from credit card fraud.' My advice to everyone else: when you're actually handed the card, swipe it, then, hold it signature facing you over the receipt printout. This lets you check the signature without being obvious.


Another credit card nugget of wisdom: some names may traditionally be used for one gender, but that doesn't mean the other gender can't use them. I once had a customer who was really awesome about this. I asked for an ID because it looked like she was using her husband's car. She showed me her ID and said she got that all the time. Her name was Christopher.

Old 07-15-2011, 07:05 PM
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The customer was very rude responding the way he did. Bear in mind though that on the back of the card where they sign, it may be a very fancy perfect cursive handwriting, and when they sign the slip, electronic pad, etc, it will be a lazy signature that does not look anything like the fancy writing on the back of the card. Heck I'd have some people write a straight line or even just put an X

Old 07-15-2011, 07:21 PM
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Her name was Christopher.
Okay, I'm all for not giving my kids the same name as every other kid in school, but WHO DOES THAT????
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:11 PM
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To sort of answer your question tollbaby-- maybe someone who didn't have a son and liked the name Christopher, regardless? As for the SC in the OP...Let him get his card stolen, THEN see how much of a gasket he pops!

Old 07-15-2011, 08:20 PM
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Quoth TheITGuy View Post

Her name was Christopher.

Old 07-15-2011, 09:57 PM
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I went to school with a girl named Michael. Some of the teachers would call her Michelle.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:16 AM
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Her name was Christopher.

If you were in the northern suburbs of Denver, I know that girl. Went to high school with her. Her husbands name is Kristopher.

Old 07-16-2011, 02:11 AM
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Could be worse...They could write SEE ID on the card and then get ticked when you card them ...>_>
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:28 AM
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Could be worse...They could write SEE ID on the card and then get ticked when you card them ...>_>
I've had that happen FAR too many times.

I was happy when the chip/PIN system for credit cards started, but that was before I learned that it was my fault (personally) that nobody could remember their PIN. Makes me wish for the good old days of "see ID" really...

Old 07-16-2011, 07:29 AM
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If you were in the northern suburbs of Denver, I know that girl. Went to high school with her. Her husbands name is Kristopher.
not quite as bad but still....
my neice's name is Christine and her hubbys name is Christopher
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