Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Identity Stupidity

This morning on a very crowded bus I was seated and minding my own business, reading when a woman who was standing next to me proceeded to make a phone call. I and the ten people immediately around her couldn't help but overhear her entire conversation. Her phone call was to someone about her amended tax return.

During her call she proceeded to very clearly give out the following information: her entire name, her entire social security number, her current address and her former address, her children's names, her marital status and how much she should be receiving from her return. Now, I'm an honest person so even though I have a great memory and could reiterate all of this information - I won't. I also won't call the IRS to ask them to redirect her refund check to my address so I can steal her money even though she made it sooooo easy for me do so.

What the H*&%^ was she thinking giving out that much personal information in a public setting? Why are people so stupid? Maybe I should have said something to her but I didn't. All I could think as I got of the bus was stupid, stupid, stupid!

5 comments:

Maya said...

People on cellphones (and it has probably happened to me at some point) seem to think they are in an invisible box and that no one can hear them...It is this feeling that allows them to have personal conversations that they wouldn't want the world to hear--and yet they have the world listening in. This woman's mistake, however, is much more dangerous than letting on about some illicit affair you have been having...Let's hope for her sake that everyone else on that bus is as honest as you!

Lori said...

yes, let's hope...because what i didn't share is that she is getting $5700 back...

:) T said...

It's those "stupid" people that things happen to and they blame everyone else but themselves for it. This person falls into that catagory of "it will never happen to me". Unfortunately, some people are just "blinded" to what is going on in the world today and will probably never wake up.

Anonymous said...

Get well soon Lori!

Anonymous said...

Well, some people are very stupid. I bet they they like to impress who is around.
Anyway, it made me laugh. That´s why I hate buses. People smell bad, cough all the time.. lol

BR