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These small things or rather say subtleties of our day to day life may look insignificant but yes, to be on safe side and to protect our children from miscreants and criminals, these are required.
Knowledge is power.
Just opposite my house in Lucknow, there is a small shop across the road who acts as my neighbour also. Though we shop only few things like milk, bread, eggs etc, from him but he is very helpful to us as a neighbour. He sometimes advises us even not to take a certain thing though available in his shop,
The example cited by the author of the thread has many dimensions as discussed by the other ISCians in their responses.
Very very long back, I had learnt from a shopkeeper only to immediately jot down anything which has to be bought from market, instead of relying only on memorising it.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.
He will not give his recharge account note book also, to anyone to write their name, number and amount to write directly. He will collect it separate paper only.
The reason is same:
Not to mistake the number and amount.
To avoid data theft and misusing numbers.
It's a simple step to verify that the address and items requested are correct so that the client cannot later say that I didn't ask for this or that.
It is also a good step to ensure data safety at the basic level. Such small tips work very well for these one-man shops or vendors who rely more on handwritten notes from various people.
I have also noticed at times when a particular home has a lot a balance to be paid and the children/maid goes to buy items, the shopkeeper will just pass a message 'ask madam or sir to come, I'll speak to them'. This is a polite way for others not to know that a particular house has balance money unpaid to a small shop.