Sign with your finger

@dawnald (84075)
Shingle Springs, California
December 16, 2008 3:42pm CST
Well that's a new one on me! I went Christmas shopping at lunch and paid with a credit card. The cashier said, "this sounds silly but you can either sign with your finger or I can print out a receipt for you to sign." So I tried with the finger. Didn't work. "Oops," she says, "it's been getting more and more sensitive. Guess I'm just going to have to print out the receipt from now on." So I told her, "the systems people aren't telling you, but it's a new feature." We laughed so hard. But really, have you ever had one of those card signature things where the pen didn't work and they asked you to sign with your finger?
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
17 Dec 08
lol..never been asked to use my finger to sign with...lol..I use a card all the time! I did see them puyt a plastic shopping bag over my card and slide it through the card reader because it wasn't reading my card. I thought that was weird but I think the finger tops it.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 08
You'd think it would be less able to read the card with a plastic bag over it! weird...
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
17 Dec 08
That's what i thought! Seems it would be less likely to read it that way! But if you can sign with a finger.....
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 08
Yeah pretty strange!
@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
21 Dec 08
I have never used my finger to sign when a pen did not work. I guess that word tee me off. As My finger is not a hard surface such as the stick pen is. The cashier should of just printed the reciept off instead of being lazy. Sghe knew it wasn't working.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 08
supposedly her boss told her to do it that way, but after that she was just going to print them off.
• United States
18 Dec 08
I have never encountered one of those before. I worked in retail for a bit and some people still didn't know that they could sign electronically. They thought the only way to sign was with pen and paper. I also had some people who tried to sign the machine with a real pen, even after I told them they could not do so. It ruined the machine. I guess these are just some of the laughs you can have by working in retail.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Dec 08
This one was just broken and the stylus didn't work but the finger supposedly did (except it didn't)...
@riyasam (16570)
• India
17 Dec 08
what????????i have heard of thumb impression but this signing with finger is a totally new concept for me.lol.i will try to find out more about it,next time when i shop.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 08
It's one of those where you sign on the screen with a stylus but in this case the stylus wasn't working so she said to use my finger. It wasn't designed for a finger...
@Rosekitty (19396)
• San Marcos, Texas
17 Dec 08
LOL...this discussion could go so many ways..lol.. When i receive packages at my store sometimes the UPS guy says just scibble whatever since sometimes the pen doesn't work so i say ok I get to be a DR. today.. What a waste of time and to be less embarressing I'd just give the receipt to people..lol..
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 08
Yeah, no kidding. But at least it was a good laugh!
@hildas (3031)
16 Dec 08
OMG! What next. That was funny. How on earth does this work. What do you do? Sign the machine? We have a number system here now. It is new.(probably ancient to yous though) We dont do signitures anymore its all that chip and pin and I can never remember all my numbers so I have had to write them on the back of my purse. I look like a real idiot in the stores. I think it will be finger prints in the future though but I guess they might be over sensitive also.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Dec 08
Instead of one of those stylus things to sign the machine with, it would only work with something warm, ie a finger. Funny...