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No I.D.? No Problem!

February 02, 2005

I have a gripe.

Now, this semester I was able to confirm my financial aid, get a voucher for the bookstore, and purchase $400 worth of books in the bookstore all without photo identification. I had my i.d. with me but not one person asked to see it. At the book store, a little appalled at the ease that a person could get $400 worth of books, I asked the person working if s/he* wanted to see my i.d. and s/he said no.


As I was walking to my car from the bookstore, I had quite a bit of time to think seeing as I was parked out in the boonies and I thought, "Gee.. how easy would it have been to use someone else's financial aid to get my books?" I mean, it's not that I'm planning on doing it, but honestly, the ease with which I could have done that is pretty scary. All it would have taken was finding the right social security number and, bam, I have free books.

Yesterday, I went to the library.

I didn't have my SHU i.d. with me because I can't remember where I put it, but I did have my PA driver's license that has a picture that looks exactly like me on it. Would you believe that I wasn't able to check out the book I wanted?

I don't know if it was because the workstudy was new or the policy changed from last semester but you can't check out a book unless you have your university-issued identification with you. I felt a little annoyed since I did have an i.d., even if it wasn't the right one, and I knew they could look me up in the computer system.

More than that I felt annoyed that last week I had gotten a fortune's worth of books for my courses with no one batting an eye at me but when I try to borrow a library book with my SHU id, you'd think all the kings horses and all the kings men were standing in front of me with pointy sticks and mean eyes. Shit man.

Does anybody else see the inconsistencies here??

* i won't incriminate anyone, promise.

Moira at 01:31 PM :: Comments (4) :: ::

P.S. I am, of course, not dissing the library for not letting just anybody walk in and check out a book. I <3 libraries!

Posted by: moira at February 2, 2005 01:44 PM

I <3 libraries, too. But evidently without the SHU I.D. there is no borrowing of books. They have to scan it. I don't know... That is an obscure inconsistency, really, that you can buy them without an I.D., but you can't borrow them. (?!) Crazy but true. I wouldn't expect the library thing to change anytime, but you could petition the bookstore and Financial Aid about the I.D. thing.

P.S. The only time they asked for my I.D. ever was last year when I used a check--that's before my debit card came in the mail. I use the debit all of the time now, and they never ask for I.D. at all. Matter of fact, not a whole lot of places do... *puzzling*

Posted by: Karissa at February 2, 2005 05:37 PM

The library is part of SHU. The bookstore is run by an independent contractor that follows its own rules.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 2, 2005 05:52 PM

Karissa - Yes, I thought it odd myself which is why I was complaining about it.. but eh.. whatever! ;c) I'll dig out my i.d. this weekend and be home free again... not that I have any time for *personal* reading until spring break anyway! Good thing I re-read Bridget Jones' Diary over break, eh?? ;c)

Dr. J - What about the financial aid office? Or the Students Accounts office? I'm complaining about this more on the level that I -work- doing similiar college-type-things and the idea of giving a student a book voucher without some sort of identification makes me shiver. Though the knowledge that the bookstore is independent makes that a *teensy* bit more understandable. btw not to be a total dork but the book I was trying to check out was yours! ;c)

Posted by: moira at February 2, 2005 06:30 PM
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