Thursday, July 17, 2008

Naughty Fiona

Several days ago, I was talking with someone about credit cards and signatures. I told her about an experience I once had in Washington State. I was in a gas station with one hand full and the other awkwardly trying to sign a credit card slip. I offered, "Man, my signature isn't even going to be recognizable!" The genius behind the counter said, "Oh, that's okay. The bank never looks at those, anyway."

What?! What a dip! I thought (but didn't say out loud), "Dude! YOU'RE supposed to be the one looking at the signature, not the bank!" What an idiot.

So, the friend laughed at my story and said, "My husband has been signing credit card slips "Prince Charming" for years! No one has ever even noticed, even when they "check" the signature." Now, this idea intrigued me! I decided then and there to give it a try myself. On Tuesday, when I went shopping, I purposely used my credit card (instead of my debit card) at four different stores and signed it, "Princess Fiona."

You have no idea how fun it was to do this! It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud. The "Good Girl" in me felt like I was living on the wild side; living dangerously, about to be caught. It was like skinny dipping, or playing a prank on someone; so much fun, mixed with a tad bit of fear.

I'm going to keep doing this, just for fun. I have no idea what I'm going to do if anyone actually looks at my signature and confronts me (maybe tip them for their vigilance or something.) Hopefully, I won't get arrested. Certainly, I'll have to explain myself and offer proper I.D. I don't really know...And I'm okay with that.

Disclaimer: I am in no way recommending that you do this; it's probably illegal. Don't blame me if you get in trouble, and good luck finding me (Princess Fiona's castle is in a very elusive place!)

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