Monday, August 11

Anti-Social Behavior

Somewhere, right now, someone is giving out their SSN. And they're giving it out, speaking it, in some fairly public place, after having also supplied their name, also spoken. And what's wrong with that?

Jeez - you have to ask?

When I first arrived in Utah 21 years ago, I didn't have a job. Yes, hindsight is always 20/20. Even this late in life, I don't suggest going that route.

I admitted defeat at about the end of month #1, and went to the unemployment office. When the young lady behind the counter said "watsyursoshul", I said "My What?"

Suddenly the already dour expression on the lady's face turned to shock, amazement, and something akin to "Have you been under a rock?"

"Don't you have a Social Security Number?!?"

"Yes, I do. But I don't have a 'Social'."

Come on, all you people who work in State and Federal governments. Even (some of) you who work in Healthcare. Not all of we John Q. Public's have been giving out our SSN's to the extent that you need to abbreviate something that, God forbid, already has an acronym.

If you want to know my Social Security Number, then ask for my Social Security Number.

Whether I actually give it to you is another matter.

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