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Nov 04 2016

Seattle Uses Data From Supermarket Discount Cards to Go After Unlicensed Pet Owners

If knowledge is power, the Information Age is allowing Big Government to become very powerful indeed. From Seattle:

A King County letter that ended up in the mailboxes of thousands of pet owners is raising concerns over privacy.

The letter told pet owners to license their pets or face a $250 fine.

It is how authorities knew them to be pet owners that has people alarmed.

Turns out for the last four years, King County has been using data companies to target specific taxpayers, or in this case pet owners. That means every time customers swipe those rewards cards, they’re gathering data.

Buy a can of cat food, swipe your Safeway card to get a few pennies off, and bureaucrats know you have a cat.

Cameron Satterfield of King County Animal Services assures us we should have no worries.

“This is not King County going and grabbing this data, you know, big brother watching what you buy at the grocery store,” said Satterfield.

Instead, the county said they pay the company who pays stores such as Safeway and QFC for access to customer data contained in every one of those reward card swipes.

Okay. I feel much better now.

The implications are endless. Imagine Washington continues its incremental nationalization of healthcare. You need bypass surgery before your ticker gives out. But wait, what’s this? We see you bought a box of Twinkies. Sorry, no operation for you, in accordance with regulation 82934792374DLGE, section 3495793DGEROIGJ, paragraph 3.

lady-liberty-surveillance-state

On a tip from Jim.



23 Responses to “Seattle Uses Data From Supermarket Discount Cards to Go After Unlicensed Pet Owners”

  1. NotKennedy says:

    Why would a commercial enterprise, like Safeway, share shopper data with a municipal government? That is the kind of stuff that will send shoppers/customers fleeing to other markets. I’ve read about some of the flaky folks out in Washington and Oregon but Safeway is a pretty large company with operations in more than a couple of states.

    Maybe loyalty is a one way street with Safeway?

  2. dott says:

    Yep, and so it begins.
    Great pic at the bottom of the article by the way.

  3. Vic Kelley says:

    Thank you very much for this thread I had not heard this disturbing news anywhere else. God this makes me sick.

  4. Saxon Warrior says:

    I think that even if I needed bypass surgery in moonbat paradise, I’d forsake it for several boxes of twinkies. Who in their right mind would want to live long in a Leftist utopia?
    Better to die free and rebelling against the Politically Correct than to live as a slave.

  5. Mr. Freemarket says:

    If you think that Safeway is the only company involved, you are kidding yourself.

    Governments have a variety of ways to coerce compliance with giving them what they want. All they have to do is change a zoning regulation and that company location is no longer available.

  6. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Easy to say that prior to laying on your back waiting for your cardiologist to give you the bad news. When you suddenly realize that a simple act such as using your snow shovel or cutting the lawn could result in either death or a heart attack that leaves you alive but with a significantly injured ticker, the decision suddenly takes on a different look.

    BTW, in a totalitarian state, if you need a bypass in order to be an effective worker, the state may decide that you are past your prime earning years and your replacement can be produced by unskilled labor.

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  8. Kurt says:

    Once again being a cranky curmudgeon becomes a plus! I don’t process one of those ‘Loyalty Cards’, never have. The few times I venture into a store where the cashiers inquire if I have or want their stores card I tell ’em, “If taking the time to come into their store isn’t enough to get their best service and prices then I won’t be back”.
    Being a crank may have something to do with the reason my ‘Trump’ signs haven’t been bothered either.

  9. Eddie_Valiant says:

    your replacement can be produced by unskilled labor.

    your replacement can be produced by undocumented, unskilled labor.

    Fixed that for ya.

  10. Eddie_Valiant says:

    Fortunately, Mrs. Valiant doesn’t use such a card as the market we shop at discounts the price of food. You may have heard of them when, a couple of years ago, the CEO was fired and all the HQ employees walked off the job. Customers also boycotted the stores, known as Market Basket.

    When super markets started accepting debit and credit cards, I’d heard from an acquaintance in that business that the industry wanted to mine the data from such purposes. By having the card data, it would be possible to create profiles of consumers like never before. I’m not sure how true that story was, but those discount cards just got out of hand and I never use them.

  11. Mr. Freemarket says:

    True that. And more than likely that replacement will be trained to take your place in society by more poorly skilled, undocumented labor.

  12. […] Seattle Uses Data From Supermarket Discount Cards to Go After Unlicensed Pet Owners […]

  13. Saxon Warrior says:

    So either way, there’s not much hope under a totalitarian government.

  14. MaxRedline says:

    Hey, what if you don’t have a lot of money, so you eat the cat food? They may know that you bought it, but they don’t know what it’s being used for. Maybe you have a live-trap and want to catch up the raccoons….

  15. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Totalitarian governments do not last forever. The hope is to either escape or overthrow it.

    But it ain’t easy.

  16. Mushrikoon says:

    Look at how Islam keeps the territory they take. So far you could say that totalitarianism will last forever.

  17. Mr. Freemarket says:

    They have been pretty successful. However, when it comes to a fight, my money is on the US Marines.

  18. rex freeway says:

    There is something to be said about using cash. I pay cash for everything possible. Never sign up for any card. Debit/credit cards most certainly turn anything over to the feds. Its part of the bail out terms. What if you live in King co. and own property outside of their jurisdiction and your pets live there? It’s none of their god damn business what or why you are buying in a pet store. Maybe the leash and collar was for your wife. (he he he)

  19. Petercat says:

    Simple. No one checks ID when you sign up for the card. I use my brother-in-law’s information. His life is about to get interesting.

  20. rex freeway says:

    All pharmacies badger you to get one. Super markets are probably guilty as well. This is the ugly side of technology.

  21. Petercat says:

    That idea’s already been floated for taxpayer-paid medical care. Are your projected lifetime tax payments greater than the cost of your treatment? No? Oh, too bad.

  22. Mr. Freemarket says:

    If you live long enough, you will outlive your usefulness.
    Then…on to the ice flows and polar bears.


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