Newspaper, Identity Thief

Newspaper, Identity Thief

So, true story.

I know identify theft is a serious matter, but really…

I’m heading out of the driveway and I see the newpaper delivery guy just pulling up.

He’s running a little late, but I figure I can still get the paper in time for morning reading on the Metro.

I walk over to him and ask if I can get the Journal that he’s deliverying to me.

He says, “No, I only deliver the Wall Street Journal and the Post.”

I say, “Yeah, the Wall Street Journal, can I get it, since you’re running a little late this morning.”

He says. “I’m never late!”–actually, he is and sometimes doesn’t deliver at all (the other week, I got 3 papers in one day).

I say, “OK, but I can take it from here.”

He says, “No, I only deliver to the door.”

I say, “But I’m right here.”

He says, “How do I know you are who you say you are?”

I say, “I am, and thank G-d, I really don’t need to steal a $2 newspaper from you, Sir.”

He says, “Okay, but I’ll need to see an id!”

I say, “Are you serious?”

He says, “Yeah,” pulling back to safety the pile of newspapers he is holding is his arms.

Reluctantly, I flip open my wallet and flash my license to him.

Not good enough…he insists I take it out so he can read it.

I finally got the paper, but we wasted what seemed like 5 minutes between the negotiation and proof of identity exercise.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate his diligence, but I think this type of scrutiny over access and identity would be better placed squarely on our cyber assets–somewhere where we really need them! šŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal

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