About a week ago, I lost my wallet. Inside it was everything that identified me as a person and a functioning member of society. I lost ALL of my credit/ debit cards, my insurance cards, some irreplaceable mementos, and every form of photo ID that I have. I figured, “well, if I cancel everything, and start to replace my stuff, this shouldn’t be quite a problem…” Well, that was definitely a lie.
When we have a photo ID, we don’t think twice about the purpose it serves, A drivers license is seen as a little slip of paper that certifies us to drive a car and proves that we can drink legally. But, after going without an ID for almost a week, I’m convinced that that little slip of paper confirms our existence. I’ve been prevented from accessing my bank account (and have been unable to withdraw any money) because I don’t have a picture of myself. I have my SSN memorized, official copies of my birth certificate, check books, pay stubs, addressed envelopes, as well as am the ONLY person that can log into any of my online accounts. You’d think that’d be good enough, but, nope, no ID, no existence.
To make matters worse, my phone died on Thursday. Now, that’s not as big of a problem as having no way to withdraw cash. But, when you’ve just moved somewhere, don’t know how to get from Point A to Point B, and are trying to build a network of friends from basically scratch, a phone is a pretty useful thing to have. Well, remember all that BS about having no photo ID? I can’t replace my broken phone (which is linked to my name, my online account (to which I know all of security questions, logins, PIN numbers, etc…) without a stupid fucking picture of myself proving I am who I am.
I haven’t thought about this before, but I’ve always felt that society has had rising trust issues. This confirms it. Not a single business has been willing to help me out by going the extra mile to understand how awkward of a position I’m in. If the “friendly” bank that I do business with isn’t willing to trust that I am who I am (and can provide all legal info, including a birth certificate) that proves it, why should I trust them with my money? If I’m forced to provide my personal information just to be put on the waiting list at the Verizon store, why am I unable to replace an essential piece of modern existence (a goddamn phone) without a photo ID?
While I understand the need for heightened security, I feel all this unnecessary BS is a bit excessive and overtly paranoid. Theft will still happen; fraud will still happen; those are facts. If we design the system to be “idiot proof”, the result is what we have. It’s up to the consumer and the individual, not the business, to prevent and report theft and fraud from happening. If someone is too oblivious to realize that they’ve been defrauded, they deserve to learn that lesson. If someone wants to walk into a bank and take out a temporary debit card in my name, if they have my ID and look like me, they can do it… Whereas, if I need to take out a temporary debit card so I can afford to eat, I can’t do it.
That’s one steep hill in SF. San Francisco, CA
ITS HELL TO DRIVE
raven baxter from thats so raven lived on this hill
This gives me anxiety
i was here and i loved it
wow can i go there pls
it’s so beautiful tho, i’d love the whole ride up
I tried to ride my bike up this street… wound up not being the smartest idea.
But the view from the top was incredible!
So I’m basically living out of a hotel while this one lady checks with every single reference (out of 10 I had to provide). I explained to her I was basically homeless and needed somewhere to rent asap, but apararently, the fact that I have great credit, a full-time job, and enough money to pay rent + security deposit isn’t enough for her.
Everything is all packed up and ready to go and I can’t actually believe that I’m about to go do this. First time ever moving somewhere not school related and it’s to a place I’ve dreamed of living in for a long time to continue pursuing a career doing what I absolutely love doing… I keep pinching myself because it seems too amazing to be true and I won’t believe it’s actually happening until I’m in Boulder on Wednesday.