Today, I went to my local Target store, which surprisingly now sells some food stuffs. I decided to buy a six pack of beer, as it was a really hot day, and it tends to stay hot all night during this time of the year.
When I rolled my cart up to a cashier station to pay for my beer (and a few other items), the cashier asked if he could swipe my ID; I asked, "Why"? He said, "For the beer." I'm standing there with a completely white mustache and salt and pepper gray hair. What a waste of time to have to swipe my ID when it was obvious to any reasonable person that I was over 18 or 21, or whatever the legal drinking age is in my state. The people in line behind me said something like," You should thank him," implying that I look young…?
Well, I suppose that's one way of looking at it. But was it yet another attempt to track people's purchases electronically? I could see showing him my ID, but swiping it into some data base seemed a bit much. But that's the way it is nowadays.
I'm not likely to buy beer at Target ever again because of that experience.
Yesterday, I bought a can of paint at a local vender, and they wanted me to signup for some kind of 10% discount card -- and of course they wanted my name, phone number, email address, and so on. I declined the offer, paid and left the store.
Product or Service Mentioned: Target Cashier.