After 24 last night, the news came on the local Fox station. And the lead story had to do with the Post Office not taking credit cards or debit cards unless there's a signature on the back.
You know that white strip across the back of the card? It probably has background writing on it or something. And possibly the last four of your credit card and a 3-digit verification code. Anyway, you're supposed to sign it. But lots of people don't.
I've signed some of mine. And others I haven't signed.
Stores are supposed to check the signature on the back. Some have a policy to check ID, too. Yes, it's a pain when they make you do that. But it's for your protection. Really, it is.
Some stores might have policies to check signature and/or ID. But not all store employees follow those policies. But some try to, but just don't understand.
One time, some years ago, I presented a card to a cashier. I hadn't signed the back. The cashier handed it back to me, saying she couldn't accept it because I hadn't signed it.
So, I took out my pen and signed it. And handed it back to her.
She took the card, ran it, then handed me the slip to sign. I signed it, she took the slip, turned my card over and checked to make sure the signatures matched.
The signature on the sales slip I signed in her presence not 20 seconds earlier, and the signature on the card I signed in her presence not 60 seconds earlier.
I pocketed my card, and took the stuff I bought.
I'm not sure if she ever bought a clue.