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Where’s That Finger Been!? January 21, 2015

Do you get a CLEAN paper towel and use it to open the door of a public restroom?   When possible,  do you use your feet to push open that public restroom door?  Or,  do you just grab the handle with your bare hand?  If you are a “Bare Hander” there is no good reason for you to read further.  Skip this post and move on.  On the other hand…

Consider this…  There are tens of thousands of visitors each day at Disney World and it’s the same for other Disney parks.  And Disney’s modus operandi is to fingerprint as many of them as possible as part of the entry process.  Yeah.  I know.  Another Disney rant.  But follow me on this.   Anyway, the end result, as disgusting as it is, is that

Tens of thousands of people each day put their index finger on the same fingerprint scanner(s). 

And that includes children.  You are probably getting the picture by now.

So where have those fingers been?

That little kid just ahead in line…  Did he/she wash after taking a dump just minutes ago at the hotel (just before getting on the monorail and now ending up in your line just 3 seconds and 1 green slimy “touch” ahead of you).  And after you press your index finger onto that same sticky scanner will you rub that itch in the corner of your eye?  Or will it be your child or grandchild that presses their finger on the scanner that ‘s between Mickey’s ears?  Can you say Pink Eye!?  Wait!  Just in front of that kid are the newlyweds!!  They’re enthusiastically smooching it up.   So where were their fingers just minutes ago when they suddenly realized they had to rush downstairs to catch the shuttle bus to the park entrance?  Did they have time to wash their hands?  Hey!  I’m just asking!

Disgusting, right?  But don’t shoot the messenger!!  Instead ask yourself this…

Knowing what I know now,

Will I press my finger to the scanner?

Will I let my child press their finger onto the scanner?

I mean, how cute and inviting is that for a kid!?  Surely we wouldn’t want to deny our children that experience.  Yes… that was sarcasm.

If the creepiness or intrusiveness of Disney fingerprinting children isn’t enough to say “NO” then maybe asking “Where have those fingers been?” will help us to at least think twice about pressing our (and our children’s) fingers between Mickey’s ears.

Plutarch’s Lives has this line: The first messenger that gave notice of Lucullus’ coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man daring to bring further information, without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him…”

Or maybe we should say “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”    Yeah… sure… uh huh.


Don’t forget to read the other post about the dangers of Disney fingerprinting you and your children.

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