Bear with me as I tell (rant) my story:
Today I went to a government agency as part of my work (I'm a CPA and the government agency goes by a three letter acronym, so you figure it out)..
I've being going to this office, working with these people about once a week over the last 15 or so years. I call them by name, they call me by name. Part of the protocol is that they tell me their name and I give them my drivers license - to establish identity. A typical exchange might be "Hello
how are you? Fine, Ian - How was the
drive from Sharon ?" Today, the security guard even joked "I
thought you were an employee, as much as you've been in here lately?" We
all chortled merrily. Cleveland
Fast forward 5 minutes: I'm at
Sharon 's employee X's desk, and, as per usual (after
saying "hello, Ian"), she says "My name is Sharon employee X, my ID number is on my badge, how
can I help you?" I say, "I left my wallet with my drivers license in
my jacket pocket, hanging on the door in my office." Her response? "Well, what are we going to do about
that?" Yep - she was not willing to
help me, because I had left my license back in Cleveland (The IRS unnamed
government agency is in ,
30 miles away). She wound up calling her manager (who also knows me). "Hello, Ian, it's a rule that you show
your ID - TO ESTABLISH YOUR IDENTITY!!"
(caps and exclamation marks are mine). Chattanooga
To make an interminably long story mercifully shorter, they made me recite all of my id numbers, phone number and address before they would talk to me - oh, I was told that a business card would be acceptable!!
Look, I'm not trying to unduly criticize this agency. Instead, I'm just marveling at the "follow rules blindly, ask no questions" mentality that some people have. I like these people, they are typically quite helpful, but doggone it, that is just ridiculous, don't you think?
Point is: The rule to show ID is to establish identity. I have long established my identity with everyone in the
office. Asking me for a drivers
license did not establish identity (I assume that if a clone came in who looked
like me, he would ALSO LOOK LIKE THE PICTURE ON MY LICENSE). Chattanooga
Thanks for reading. Carry your papers.