Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
TuMday, March 1t, LETHSRIDQE HERALD-17 Cuts down on passing bad cheques Fingerprinting scheme offensive to some customers TORONTO (CP) Shoppers in some Canadian cities are surrendering their fingerprints to cash a cheque without batting an eyelash. "A lot of people find it says Pat Krychowski, manager of a Toronto shoe store which has adopted the fingerprint identification system marketed by Identiseal Protective Services. The store manager says fingerprinting is "a very good system" for cutting down on bad cheques and he estimates only one in every 125 customers objects to the procedure. But Albert Roy, Liberal member of the Ontario legislature for Ottawa East, is an outspoken opponent of the scheme which he says to me to be very offensive." Mr. Roy, who views fingerprinting as a portent of George Orwell's 1984 and feels it is the harbinger of a society "where we'll be going around with a number stamped across our has twice failed to control the process through legislation. Identiseal works on the same principle as chemically treated paper that used to make copies without carbon paper. Customers who pay by cheque are asked to press their fight index fingers on a lV2-inch square pad impregnated with a colorless solution. The solution is activated to record the print when the finger comes in contact with a stick-on seal about the size of a 50-cent coin. The seal then is affixed to the back of the cheque. If the cheque clears the bank, the customer will get the seal containing his fingerprint returned to him if he has a personal chequing account. If the cheque is returned because of insufficient funds, it goes to the store which will usually attempt to recover the money from the customer first. If this is impossible or if the cheque is a forgery, it is turned over to police, complete with the fingerprint. "Police like the system because they've been able to charge in a couple of says a spokesman for Sunnybrook Food Market Ltd. which has 10 Ontario stores protected by Identiseal. The spokesman says his company still gets bad cheques but complaints from customers have diminished since the system was first used. Identiseal president Tom Tyson says the company has signed up more than 700 stores in Ontario and Quebec and another 40 in Newfoundland. The company currently is expanding its operations to the West Coast. He says the company has received only one letter objecting to the system for every seals used. Identiseal has raised few eyebrows at Toronto's Better Business Bureau which has received only one complaint against the company which was adjusted. Wally Beaupre of the bureau says there have been about six or seven phone calls from people asking if the scheme was legal. "These people were also objecting to it and they said the use of fingerprints made them feel like a criminal. "Personally, I wouldn't give my fingerprint to cash a cheque but I think it's a good idea for the stores though." Businesses that subscribe to the system pay an initial annual fee of and are charged 'three cents for each seal used. Companies with more than 20 branches can join for (85 a year and pay cents for each seal. Mr. Roy says- his main concern is what happens to the fingerprints. He'd like to see restrictions against their use in the same manner that Ontario has legislated controls on the exchange of credit information. Although the fingerprint can be returned to the customer if his cheque is good, Mr. Roy asks what is to prevent someone from photocopying the print in the meantime. "There are all sorts of things these prints could be used he says. "The imagination of human beings is endless." John Clement, minister of consumer and corporate affairs, says he has "no strong feelings" about the fingerprinting procedure and "we must submit ourselves to some form of scrutiny" in seeking immediate capital. Mel Harrison of the Radio Shack chain stores, says fingerprinting has cut down the number of bad cheques his stores receive in the Toronto area. There have been some customer complaints, "mostly European people and it's primarily because of the background they've been through." unu wiui a nuiiiuer sumijieu ciuiuaa uui K.UJIUIIICI tuai. r Squatting best No more 'sit up straight or you'll grow up crooked' for these young students at Maquinna Elementary School in Vancouver. Tables and chairs have been eliminated as part of a school board experiment inspired by orthopedic surgeon Dr. J.H. Fahrni who says squatting eliminates spine problems later in life. Wives shortchanged by property division laws WINDSOR, Ont. 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She was commenting on a story distributed by The Cana- dian Press which said social workers, government agencies and child-family welfare units are becoming more concerned with persuading prospective More Family page 24 parents to adopt older children. The story also quoted Miss Bissett as saying prospective parents today will take a child even if they don't like the child. Miss Bissett had actually said families now are able to consider adopting children who do not look like them and in fact may be of a different race. People will take a child, young or old. even if he or she doesn't look like them, she said. Le Ron's Hairstyles Would Like To Welcome SUSAN HOLLADAY To our staff Susan has experience in every aspect of hairstyling and would like to invite her many friends and cus- tomers in to see her. Le Ron's Hairstyles 524 -6th St. S. Phone 328-4729 ...is just iround tin corwl Drop in and select a pair of shoes from our display of new spring arrivals! 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