jabley at ca.afilias.info
Thu Dec 28 15:49:30 UTC 2006
On 27-Dec-2006, at 18:22, Mark Newton wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 28, 2006 at 12:13:07AM +0100, Leo Vegoda wrote:
>> My driving license doesn't have a photograph on it, so using it as an
>> identity document is pointless.
> There's no way for a minimum-wage security grunt to verify the
> particulars of my passport, so using it as an identity document
> is pointless.
Which makes it hard for me to understand why they bother, and why
they go to such great lengths to enforce arbitrary rules about what
is acceptable and what isn't.
I gave my Ontario drivers licence to Equinix security in LA, once,
and they refused to accept it as proof of ID since it wasn't
government issued. I said it was; they disagreed. I tried to explain
that there was more than one government in the world, but I got blank
looks, and had to head out back past building security and up to the
roof in the adjacent parking garage to get my passport.
For some reason it seemed a good idea to get all my various passports
while I was there (I have three), and when I made it back inside I
handed them all over together. I realised about two seconds after
handing them over that I was probably doing a stupid thing. A whole
group of them appeared, and huddled around my passports with their
backs to me. They seemed on the verge of calling the FBI.
They gave the passports back, eventually, and I didn't go to jail. So
it could have been worse. :-)
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