Do you know where your Social Security Card is?

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  1. justmeincal

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    This week I filled out the paperwork to volunteer at my local library. I was somewhat surprised that they will do a criminal background and medical history search on me.

    What surprised me the most however was that I had to show them my social security card (not just give them the number). I don't remember ever having to actually show my card before.

    I had to tear the house apart just to find it. I finally found it. It was in 2 pieces and so faded as to be barely legible. Afterwards, I put it in my safe deposit box.

    So, do you know where you card is and have you ever had to show it to someone?
     
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    I know exactly where it is, but I've never had to show it, just know the number.
     
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    It's one of those things I am always aware of the location of.
     
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    I think I know the general vicinity where it is.
     
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    Well, I got mine in 3rd grade when I got my first job, so its really old and faded.
     
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    A "medical history" check? At that point I would have walked. That is wholly unnecessary and overly intrusive.

    I hate libraries. Haughtiest people in the world are librarians. I'd rather deal with sales staff in tragically chic boutiques.

    I've never had to show my social security card and would have difficulty doing so as it's in my wallet somewhere in Cape Cod Bay. I should get it replaced but haven't bothered in 24 years.
     
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    That is incredibly intrusive. A byproduct of the Patriot Act or something similar no doubt.
     
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    Classic post from JE and so very true :wink:
     
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    Hey J!

    A friend of mine works for SSA and she always tells me not to carry your card with you, but keep it in a safe location to prevent identity theft.

    I'd check with the library to see why they needed the number. It might be that they were complying with homeland security regulations.

    Got to say that I wouldn't have shown them the card without a good reason or without the reason behind the need to see the card.

    BigSki
     
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    Maybe I better write for a new one, I lost it 29 years ago!
     
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    Oh boy, you would get really hot and bothered about the application for NY Bar Association membership, and I would be highly amused to be a fly on the wall if you ever become a NY State employee.
     
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    At risk of being alienated by the "esteemed" group of LPSG'ers who feel the need to share every uneducated thought he or she may have, I must whole-heartedly disagree with the "haughty librarian" comment.

    As a trained librarian, we are taught in school to treated library users with respect and assist them in every way possible. Whether this is adhered to by fellow professionals should not in any way reflect on the profession as a whole. We work hard and are compensated poorly for our advanced education. If librarians (are you sure it's not the clerks?) treat you poorly, then you should report their conduct to the management.

    To the OP... without knowing the full details, I can only suspect that volunteers are subject to criminal checks because it is a public institution and possibly because of working near children. As far as a medical check, that is just plain odd.
     
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    See what I mean? :wink:
     
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    I don't think I've ever had it. I mean, I must have at some point but I'll bet I haven't seen it since I was 14.
     
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    It's in my wallet, underneath my drivers license.

    As a black person I am used to having to show multiple forms of i.d. for the most mundane of things such as writing or cashing checks. :irked: I also have taken to carrying my passport with me at all times, since moving to Georgia. It seems the standard is to present two forms of picture i.d. down here. :rolleyes:

    I still have my college i.d.'s somewhere, but those are like 10 years old.
     
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    :confused: Please explain?

    Normal practise here in Spain is to have photo ID requested when using a credit/debit card even if it is chip and pin.
     
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    I think perhaps the medical check is to find out if you have/had any communicable diseases, like TB, etc. But that's just my guess.
     
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    I agree with Justmeincal ... I know teachers where I worked were required to submit to TB test or someone who has a severe personality disorder which he/she can sometimes mask. Unfortunately, this is life in 2009.

    BTW ... I have mine safely stowed in a cabinet at home!
     
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    In the past when I lived in New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Massachusetts the only time a picture i.d. was required was when writing a check in a store. When using a credit or debit card the only time a picture i.d. was required was if I had forgotten to sign the back of the card.
     
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    Social Security card? Not a clue. Put it away maybe 20 years ago and haven't seen it since. I do know I lost the original white one (I think I found it again years later), so had to get a replacement blue one. All replacement ones are light blue. It's like a scarlet letter, an irrefutable sign of one's irresponsibility or bad luck. Of course, I know the number by heart.

    I do know where my Spanish DNI is at all times, and my other national ID card.
     
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