Do you seriously think that a cashier is going to use his or her photographic memory to remember your information, when he or she probably has 10 paper checks in the till with a name, address, DL, and checking account number?
As a consumer using a credit card I'm more worried about the cashier memorizing my driver's license and perpetuating some sort of fraud than I am about some one stealing my card and using it with out my knowledge.
Merchants agree to terms. The person making $6.75 at Wal-Mart didn't, and almost certainly doesn't care about any "education" passed on from a customer.
Merchants agree to the terms. If they don't like the terms or are concerned about their own personal liability they shouldn't accept credit cards. Signing the card and refusing to show ID is the best way to protect you from fraud.
Although it has been well over a decade since I've been on that side of a cash register, I can tell you firsthand that people make up all sorts of insane laws and policies that don't exist. After a cashier's third or fourth day, it all gets filtered out.
As a customer, I just want to buy whatever I have, and go home. Holding up a line of people out of paranoia or morality is just being an anchor on society.
So do you also cover your license plate number, and alternate routes between work / home, just in case thieves are following you when you're driving?
One more thing! The more reveling information on a driver's license number is your home address. You are telling thieves where you live.
The real irony here is our credit scores. Based solely on the two of us (our scores are fairly similar), if a cashier did manage to steal our identites, the joke would be on them.
Edited by Mister T, 30 December 2006 - 07:18 AM.