Proof of ID
Proof of ID
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
I I planned my business at the bank for their least busy hour, so I could cash a small check quickly and get to my next appointment on time. But what I expected to be a quick transaction turned into a long drawn-out process.
“I’ll need another form of ID,” the teller said when, along with the endorsed personal check from my longstanding account at the bank, I handed her my driver’s license.
“A current driver’s license isn’t enough?” I asked.
“It is not enough,” she insisted, clearly irritated by my question. She needed a second form of ID with an expiration date. No photo, no signature, simply my name and an expiration date.
When I finally found something acceptable, the teller held the no-photo, no-signature ID up to the light and ran her fingertip along the expiration date. She nodded but still showed both forms of ID to her supervisor for approval.
Eventually I received my cash, along with a scowl from the supervisor.
“You’re telling me that a driver’s license with a current photo that matches the face you are looking at was not sufficient for the teller to prove my identity?”
“That’s what I’m telling you.” she snipped.
In hindsight, I imagine someone could have forged a license with a different photo, but how does an expiration date on a second ID prove that? Or maybe someone could have disguised their appearance enough to resemble a photo on someone else’s license… but really?
Search me, Lord, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.
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