Barnes & Noble to begin fingerprinting customers
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Nationwide bookseller Barnes & Noble announced Friday that it would begin fingerprinting all customers at store checkouts starting in June. The fingerprinting would apply to any customers "leaving the premises," regardless of whether or not the customers had purchased any items. The measure is meant to comply with the latest anti-terrorism, anti-drug, anti-violence, anti-hate and anti-sexuality guidelines put in place by state and federal authorities.
"In order to comply with our nation's laws, particularly in a post 9-11 world, we feel we should just get everyone's fingerprints. That way there's no problem," said Barnes & Noble spokesperson Shirley Eugeste.
Customers have expressed enthusiasm at the new measures. Many have already lined up to be fingerprinted before the regulations are set to take effect.
"This is so cool. I mean, I thought it was going overboard when the government wanted to seize our library and hospital records after the terrorist attacks, you remember a few years back? I was like, 'who even goes to libraries any more?' So at least this way we know they're being invasive in a more relevant sort of way," said customer Stan Stille.
Other customers agreed that the measures would help to contain terrorism throughout the world.
"For sure it will stop terrorism," said customer Priti Manek.
Senator Harry Wetback (R-NM) has endorsed the measures as well, stating that they are exemplary of what "most, if not all," major corporations should be doing to help protect America.
"This is a great day for America, and a great day for freedom," said Senator Wetback told the La Rochelle Times this afternoon. "Barnes & Noble has shown leadership and courage in this area, especially because of the impact of their company on the lives of everyday Americans. By fingerprinting all customers and electronically tracking their purchases, both in retail stores and on-line, and then providing that information to the government, as well as other third parties, they are showing they truly love America and are dedicated to protecting its freedoms."
Fingerprinting, along with the FBI's recent request to log every website visited by every American, is intended to keep Americans safe during the prolonged war on the two fronts in Eurasia and Eastasia.