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12/10/2010

Crackdown on cards

Filed under: People,Privacy — lenand @ 9:26 am

Membership cards are not what they used to be.  Once upon a time you could immorally share subscriptions to the National Trust (NT) and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).  One flash of the card and you gained free entry.

The NT now sexes visitors before entry.  I have seen people being refused entry for having the wrong gender.  I have not seen anybody claiming to be a cross dresser.

The RHS now scans a bar code on entry and scrutinises faces for signs of aging and gender.   I saw a family struggling to gain entry because somebody looked too young.  So be careful when you fill in application forms and lie about your age.

I suppose it is justifiable on the grounds of revenue protection, but how many members might cancel their annual subscriptions?  If you can’t take friends in with you, membership looks expensive.  Furthermore, fewer visits means less spent in the restaurants and shops.

Just as there has been a move to Ms from Miss and Mrs, why not drop titles completely?   This is not for my benefit, because Dr does not carry any gender or marital information.

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