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Saturday, October 05, 2002


War on Food

Having seized control of Air Travel at the Bushports
the Bush Reich is now moving to seize control of Food
at the Supermarkets.

"But Comrade, you do not expect to fly without permission,
surely you do not expect to eat without permission ? "

"It's the food and water Stoopid"


Jeffco stores soon to require fingerprints for all check and credit card
purchases by 9NEWS reporter Ginger Delgado, edited by Web Producer Paola
Farer October 02, 2002 - 7:59 AM

JEFFERSON COUNTY - You'll soon have to provide a fingerprint to go
shopping in Jefferson County. Consumers using checks or credit cards will
have to give their prints to merchants.

It's a new tactic aimed at cracking down on identity theft and
catching crooks who use fake IDs. Already, people cashing payroll
checks at King Soopers have to give a fingerprint

The touch pads are easy to use and don't leave residue on your
finger. Police agencies say the policy has resulted in less check
fraud. They are now asking all merchants in the county to require

"The important thing about this to remember is that it doesn't put an
honest customer's fingerprint into a database somewhere,� said Sgt. George
Hinkle. �The only people that are actually going to have their
fingerprints processed are the crooks."

The fingerprints will be kept on file until the transactions clear.
If there's a problem, the prints will be passed along to
investigators. The new policy will take effect throughout Jefferson
County in the next few weeks.

(Copyright 2002 by 9NEWS KUSA-TV. All Rights Reserved)


Posted on Sat, Aug. 31, 2002 story:PUB_DESC
Police ask stores to take fingerprints
Special to the Star-Telegram
ARLINGTON - Police are asking businesses to voluntarily participate
in a program to take customers' fingerprints if they pay by check.

Operation Thumbs Up, scheduled to begin citywide Sunday, aims to help
authorities identify check theft and forgery by obtaining a source of
identification that can't be stolen or faked - fingerprints. The system is
similar to those used by banks that require fingerprints on checks.

"No longer can we rely on the driver's license as a valid form of
identity when passing a check," Detective Kyle Gibson said. "We can't
expect clerks to memorize every face in a line. By getting a print, we can
place that person when the check was passed to get a successful

The program was announced Friday. Police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said
the department is considering making the program mandatory.

Participating stores will be clearly identified to the public.
Employees will be trained to take fingerprints. A series of town hall
meetings will be scheduled to explain the program to business owners and
the community. Wes Jurey, president of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce,
said the organization will help make Arlington's 10,000 store owners aware
of the program's benefits over the coming weeks. Jurey said there has been
no adverse reaction from business owners he has talked to about the

"I think most people are not aware of how easy it would be for a
person to come into a store, open an account with another person's
identity, charge a large amount of merchandise and return it. Then
the merchant has a problem," Jurey said.

Alan Levy, chief of the criminal division of the Tarrant County
district attorney's office, said having a fingerprint means "there
won't be any question about who passed the check" and will save
prosecutors time litigating fraud cases.

Police said Arlington has had an increase in check fraud during the
past three years. From 1999 to July 2002, detectives worked 8,463
forged check cases resulting in $1.7 million in losses to merchants,
according to police records. In most of these cases, detectives have no
suspects because fraudulent identification was used, Sgt. James Crouch

Police said fingerprinting systems are inexpensive compared to
merchandise loss and will help keep prices down for the consumer.
Systems will cost businesses between $2 and $40 a month to operate,
Gibson said. Businesses will purchase the type of system they want to use.

The systems range from an inkless pad in which the chemical easily
rubs off the skin, to an electronic sensor that compares a customer's
print to a pre-scanned fingerprint, Crouch said. Another system involves a
clear chemical that leaves a blue imprint when pressed onto a
chemical-sensitive sticker that is usually placed onto the back of a

Police assured they will only see prints when a business submits a
forged check for investigation, Crouch said. The print will then be
checked against others in a statewide criminal fingerprint database.

Pam Dawson, property manager for the Lincoln Square shopping center, said
seven stores have participated in the program since March, and she expects
all 88 stores in the center to comply.

"Our goal is to show we are a safe shopping center," she said. "If
you are a fraudulent check user, we don't want you to come to Lincoln

Dawson doesn't expect complaints from customers.

"I anticipate if you are not guilty of anything, it's not going to
matter to you if someone takes your thumbprint," she said.


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it's not Security you get, but Slavery ."
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