I quit smoking today and I just realized how much it ticks me off to
TOW THE CORPORATE LINE. Yes, I said corporate line. Not
the laws of the land agreed to by you and me, but following the damn laws
made to "protect and serve" corporate interests.
What specifically? I'll tell ya...I forgot to wear my seatbelt on the way to
the bank today to cash a check. Why in the world is there a LAW that
states that I HAVE TO wear a seatbelt? Is it because its a good idea?
Is it because I might hurt someone else and infringe upon their rights?
Is it because the insurance lobby wanted a seatbelt law so they could
reduce the amount they statistically pay in damages while still charging
the same amount for the same insurance?
Oh and add to that local law enforcement gets to tag you with a $150.00
fee if you forget...plus they get to stop and harangue you and look for other
potential sources of revenue while they check your papers....
But seatbelts are really just the tip of the iceberg.
So I finally make it to the bank today (without a ticket, just
a friendly(sic) reminder to wear my seatbelt, and an official comment
that "...Whether or not it is absurd that a motorcycle policeman can
write you a seatbelt ticket, seatbelts are required by law, and Yessir,
I know children in school buses aren't required to wear them, but you are!
Have a nice day and drive safe.")
So I make it to the bank. Go thru the drive-thru to cash a check written
on THAT bank. Provide two types of ID. and then get the check back with
a request to come inside and see the teller.
"We need a thumbprint."
"You have to forms of ID."
Sir, you'll have to come inside."
So I park and go in. I'm already ticked off anyway and wanting a smoke...
No....needing a smoke.
"We just need a thumbprint."
"I don't give thumbprints. I need my money.
"Sir, it is required by the bank."
Yes, and it is also required by the bank to release this money to me as per
this check states. And there is nothing on that check that states I would
be compelled to provide a thumbprint."
Well, Sir if you don't provide a thumbprint, I can't cash this check."
"Okay, so what do we do now? Call the sheriff? Should I get my lawyer on
the phone? Should I stand here until you change your policy? What?
At this point the manager comes over all sweetness and nice, pulls me
to the side, and advises I provide the required thumbprint..."But just
smudge it as you do it...if it is really that important to you."
"What is important to me is not actually providing the thumbprint, but
the fact that I am REQUIRED to provide the thumbprint.It's principle.
I have adequate ID"
"It's our policy."
"Yes....and I have some policies of my own."
I stand there, knowing my daughter is in the car. and she was needing
to pee before I went into the bank.
"Okay...just give me the damn ink pad."
So, in the end I cave in and give up my thumbprint. Rather than smudge
the print I do a nice "overlay" of about four prints. It was really artistic
if I say so myself.
And once again, convenience "wins out" over principle. I guess I'm no
better than the rest of us.
Might as well start smoking again....
edit on 20-9-2010 by rival because: (no reason given)