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Dec 21, 06, 12:39 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 16,877
Posted By deephouse

Last night I was in Macy's and bought a rather...

Last night I was in Macy's and bought a rather expensive gift for my girlfriend. I handed the sales clerk my Amex to pay for it, and he asked me for my "driver's license." I don't believe that my...
Dec 11, 06, 2:03 pm
Replies: 176
Views: 26,941
Posted By deephouse

Well, this is interesting. Although no merchant...

Well, this is interesting. Although no merchant has ever mentioned it to me, it turns out that my state (Washington) has a statute that reads:

"Any provision of a contract between a merchant or...
Dec 11, 06, 6:00 am
Replies: 176
Views: 26,941
Posted By deephouse

The other exception -- and perhaps this is...

The other exception -- and perhaps this is obvious -- is that the merchant can ask for ID if the request has nothing to do with the fact that payment is being made via credit card. For example, if I...
Dec 11, 06, 5:41 am
Replies: 176
Views: 26,941
Posted By deephouse

I called Amex and asked them. The CSR I spoke...

I called Amex and asked them. The CSR I spoke with didn't know the answer off the top of her head, but she looked into it and got back to me with the answer.

In a nutshell, Amex has no rule...
Dec 11, 06, 5:31 am
Replies: 176
Views: 26,941
Posted By deephouse

One time I got into an argument with a cashier...

One time I got into an argument with a cashier about his demand for my ID, and I explained the compare-the-signatures thing to him. His response was, "I'm not forensic signature analyst." In...
Dec 11, 06, 5:25 am
Replies: 176
Views: 26,941
Posted By deephouse

A friend of mine works at an Apple Store......

A friend of mine works at an Apple Store... according to him, they are supposed to ask for ID when a customer presents a credit card, but they do not require it. In other words, if the customer...
Nov 10, 06, 4:41 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 941
Posted By deephouse

Requesting through the Elite line won't (or at...

Requesting through the Elite line won't (or at least probably won't) work. When I was Gold, I tried to book an award ticket for someone else (non-Elite) with my miles and get her into an exit row...
Nov 9, 06, 2:02 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 4,522
Posted By deephouse

It seems inspired by the AmEx Centurion Card...

It seems inspired by the AmEx Centurion Card (a/k/a the "Black Card").

According to a U.S. Bank CSR whom I spoke with, they're going to use up some of the old-design card stock before switching to...
Jul 31, 06, 8:46 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By deephouse

baccarat_king: Thanks for the report. I can't say...

baccarat_king: Thanks for the report. I can't say I'm terribly excited about the 6 a.m. flight, but it's good to know that the lines at MHT move quickly. With that, and the fact that I'll be staying...
Jul 16, 06, 11:22 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By deephouse

Well, after checking once every few weeks, and...

Well, after checking once every few weeks, and getting the same result, last week a seat(s) was placed in the R bucket. And now it's mine. :D

I leave in about 2 1/2 weeks... perhaps 21 days...
Jun 7, 06, 5:12 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 2,245
Posted By deephouse

Nope, I'm a card-carrying member of two state...

Nope, I'm a card-carrying member of two state bars (no, that that kind :p )... I was just too lazy that night to do the research.

Thanks for that nice summary. Just curious... where did you find...
Jun 1, 06, 9:19 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 2,245
Posted By deephouse

Well, it's true that as a general matter, federal...

Well, it's true that as a general matter, federal law will trump state law. OTOH, the 21st Amendment does give states more power than they otherwise would have when it comes to regulating alcohol.
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May 31, 06, 11:41 pm
Replies: 604
Views: 78,211
Posted By deephouse

Definitely. I met him once briefly... he was...

Definitely. I met him once briefly... he was silent the entire time (he's often that way)... just shook hands with people. I still thought he had more presence than even Bill Clinton.
May 31, 06, 11:29 pm
Replies: 604
Views: 78,211
Posted By deephouse

Re: Prince His security people always...

Re: Prince



His security people always seem to be wearing a suit... very conservative looking, unlike the guy himself. From what I've heard, Prince usually takes a window seat and has one of...
May 31, 06, 11:14 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 2,245
Posted By deephouse

State statutes often exempt airlines from having...

State statutes often exempt airlines from having to comply with liquor laws in order to avoid problems arising from different states having different no-serve times, dry counties, etc. In my...
May 28, 06, 11:24 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By deephouse

I gave it a try, and there are no available...

I gave it a try, and there are no available upgrade seats on the DTW -> SEA flight, even though I'm seeing "P9 F9." :( Any chance they'll move some seats into the R bucket before they start...
May 28, 06, 8:03 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By deephouse

Upgrade with miles or take my chances?

Okay, here's the deal. I'm a Silver Elite with about 20,000 banked miles. Barring anything unexpected, I expect to lose my Elite status at the end of next February.

In August, I'm going to catch a...
Dec 28, 05, 1:20 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 17,257
Posted By deephouse

Well, that's the $64,000 question. :) I...

Well, that's the $64,000 question. :)

I spoke with a CBP officer about this issue. While he didn't directly answer the question, he did say that when they search a laptop, they don't read what...
Dec 23, 05, 6:32 pm
Replies: 110
Views: 17,257
Posted By deephouse

Carrying around a copy of one's diploma could...

Carrying around a copy of one's diploma could look suspicious. The CBP/TSA officer might think it's part of a cover story. Besides, my J.D. diploma is framed and measures over two feet on each side,...
Dec 23, 05, 5:49 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 3,045
Posted By deephouse

That'd be a tough one. People who haven't paid...

That'd be a tough one. People who haven't paid (or can't pay) for this program are not a suspect class, so "rational basis review" would apply. In such cases, the government almost always wins.
Dec 3, 05, 12:05 am
Replies: 217
Views: 15,940
Posted By deephouse

Problem: I almost never carry an ID that has my...

Problem: I almost never carry an ID that has my SSN on it. These days only one of them -- my Maine state ID card -- shows it, and I'm told that when I renew it next year, the SSN will be gone.
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Dec 2, 05, 11:32 pm
Replies: 548
Views: 45,139
Posted By deephouse

I do, in fact, wear a pair of flip-flops through...

I do, in fact, wear a pair of flip-flops through the WTMD. I don't wear socks, but sometimes I (male) paint my toenails. Oh, and I usually wear my ACLU t-shirt. Sometimes I get looks from screeners...
Replies: 90
Views: 7,762
Posted By deephouse

Also, here in Washington state (and some other...

Also, here in Washington state (and some other states... Indiana is one), while you must report a change of address, you don't have to obtain a new physical license with the new address. For a few...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,321
Posted By deephouse

I've never had Canada stamp my passport,...

I've never had Canada stamp my passport, although, to be sure, I've entered only by land.
Dec 1, 05, 8:36 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By deephouse

Yup, it seems to work. Thanks! :)

Yup, it seems to work. Thanks! :)
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