Dystopia (General)

by dan, Tuesday, February 07, 2023, 15:14 (532 days ago)

This example of our current dystopia actually uses language straight out of The Refuser.

Retailers try to curb theft while not angering shoppers

Across the retail landscape, businesses have been putting items under lock and key as a quick way to stop thieves. Some are considering extreme measures, including Rite Aid Corp., whose chief retail officer Andre Persaud told analysts on an earnings call late last year that it’s looking at “literally putting everything behind showcases to ensure the products are there for customers who want to buy it.”

Anat Shakedd, the CEO and co-founder of Nexite, a company that makes tiny Bluetooth tags that can go on items, says her company has partnered with a top department store in the U.S. and other brands across Europe and Israel to help them monitor their inventory without locking things up.

The Freedom Case, developed by Indyme, asks shoppers for a cell phone number to opt into its service. The shoppers then receive a text message with a four-digit code that lets them open the case. Customers can retain their self-service privileges as long as they show normal shopping behaviors. But if they exhibit suspicious behaviors, store workers will be notified to provide assistance, he said.

The Freedom Case, Doublespeak at its finest.

Dystopia

by dan, Tuesday, February 07, 2023, 15:23 (532 days ago) @ dan

This deserves some attention:

The Freedom Case, developed by Indyme, asks shoppers for a cell phone number to opt into its service. The shoppers then receive a text message with a four-digit code that lets them open the case. Customers can retain their self-service privileges as long as they show normal shopping behaviors. But if they exhibit suspicious behaviors, store workers will be notified to provide assistance, he said.

How would the store know if they are exhibiting suspicious behavior? Well, by watching them! Tracking their phone for which they now have a number. And what is considered suspicious? Taking too long? Not long enough? Not buying enough? Buying too much? Inappropriate dress? Twitching? Smiling too much? Laughing?

Dystopia

by dulan drift ⌂, Wednesday, February 08, 2023, 07:33 (531 days ago) @ dan

How would the store know if they are exhibiting suspicious behavior? Well, by watching them! Tracking their phone for which they now have a number. And what is considered suspicious? Taking too long? Not long enough? Not buying enough? Buying too much? Inappropriate dress? Twitching? Smiling too much? Laughing?

Ahrr, but it's all to keep us safe! Annyone who says different must be one of those nasty conspiracy theorists - who will be singled out for extra-special monitoring.

Big corporations in Aus have already introduced facial-recognition tech for the same purpose.

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