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Old 9th Feb 2020, 15:14
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UK Curiosity

On a personal note I think the UK has become far too curious about all their citizens of late? Everything you do, or want to do is questioned? Where have you worked? Where have you lived? Where did this money come from? Why didn't you sign on if you were unemployed? And show evidence to support your answers ??? Really?

How about "that's my business, not yours." What happens then? 'Cos I am sick of it. A stranger asking personal questions is not acceptable. I am a private person. I refuse to share my life with a computerised state. Am I really alone?
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 15:20
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 15:31
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Originally Posted by happyjack View Post
On a personal note I think the UK has become far too curious about all their citizens of late? Everything you do, or want to do is questioned? Where have you worked? Where have you lived? Where did this money come from? Why didn't you sign on if you were unemployed? And show evidence to support your answers ??? Really?

How about "that's my business, not yours." What happens then? 'Cos I am sick of it. A stranger asking personal questions is not acceptable. I am a private person. I refuse to share my life with a computerised state. Am I really alone?
All done in the name of the UK mantra "security is paramount".
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 16:18
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Originally Posted by happyjack View Post
How about "that's my business, not yours." What happens then? 'Cos I am sick of it. A stranger asking personal questions is not acceptable. I am a private person. I refuse to share my life with a computerised state. Am I really alone?
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 16:42
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 16:50
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"All done in the name of the UK mantra "security is paramount"."

much more to do with the shifty goings on in the City of London - because they're in to money laundering up to their necks the rest of the population has to prove they're the same person who has banked at the same branch for 30 years............

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this "Why didn't you sign on if you were unemployed? And show evidence to support your answers ??? "

is more to do with campaigns in the Daily Mail to "Stop Welfare Scroungers"
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 16:52
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It is odd how often a government that frequently promises to "roll back the state" and have a "bonfire of red tape" does exactly the opposite of that...
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 17:05
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What drives me crazy is not only this but the fact that "No" seems to have been replaced with "maybe later" on most online permissions. I just want to answer no, not now, not ever, leave me alone!!
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 17:27
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Every company and organisation is data mining.
I get irritated by shops such as Halfords asking for postcode and e-mail address even when I'm buying some cheap consumable item.
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 17:42
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Clearly, bank staff aren’t allowed to use their discretion nowadays either. I went into my local branch to transfer money - within the same organisation - from an existing account to a new investment one. I’d actually worked in the past for 10 years with the member of staff that served me.

“Sorry. Can’t do this without ID.”
”Yes. But you know me.”
”I do - but because of money laundering precautions, we have to have full ID.”
”But I’m just transferring existing funds into another account, under the same roof. It’s not even leaving this bank.”
”But I still need full ID.”
”Although I’ve banked with ******** for 35 years?”
”Yes”


I went home. Looked up another major financial institute’s investment accounts, opened an account online and transferred the money without any issue at all.
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 17:49
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Originally Posted by Tashengurt View Post
Every company and organisation is data mining.
I get irritated by shops such as Halfords asking for postcode and e-mail address even when I'm buying some cheap consumable item.
Thankfully that wonderful regulation called GDPR (a benefit of our erstwhile membership of the EU) ensures that Halfords (and others) can't data mine so effectively as they can't use or pass on your data to others without your express permission. I'm in principal happy to give them my email address so long as it isn't used for marketing purposes, but just to save them printing out confounded receipts that we now need for every purchase we ever make. They are more often than not printed on thermal paper, which is not recyclable and hardly ever referred to.

It is odd how often a government that frequently promises to "roll back the state" and have a "bonfire of red tape" does exactly the opposite of that...
Red tape keeps civil servants in work, and turkeys don't vote for Christmas!
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 18:00
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
"All done in the name of the UK mantra "security is paramount"."

much more to do with the shifty goings on in the City of London - because they're in to money laundering up to their necks the rest of the population has to prove they're the same person who has banked at the same branch for 30 years............
^^^^^ It certainly does appear to work that way.....
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 18:39
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
I went home. Looked up another major financial institute’s investment accounts, opened an account online and transferred the money without any issue at all.
Trouble is you often need what they are providing and you don't have the luxury or time to go elsewhere.

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Old 9th Feb 2020, 20:38
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Asturias56 Has it right. It actually goes a bit deeper than the questions raised in the O.P. For example, if you are stopped by the police for something and, upon emptying your pockets, they find you have more than £3,000 cash on you, you can be asked to explain where that came from. But, it also happens around the world when arriving or departing travellers can be challenged over the amount of cash you may be carrying with you. And have it taken from you until you can prove you came by it legally (and that you have paid your taxes!). It is also heartening to see those cases on TV where drug dealers etc, are relieved of their ill gotten gains. There was such a case on TV recently which showed a drug gang laundering their money by taking suitcases full of folding stuff into their local bank and laundering it that way. And, I have to say, I am all for it!
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 22:51
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There was such a case on TV recently which showed a drug gang laundering their money by taking suitcases full of folding stuff into their local bank and laundering it that way. And, I have to say, I am all for it!
I agree - I'm for anything that slows down the rate of bank branch closures.
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Old 9th Feb 2020, 22:54
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Today I made a hotel reservation in East Grinstead but made a boo boo with the dates. When I checked the email from them I noticed my blunder and immediately phoned them to change said date. The condition for changing the date was that I first had to sign up for a loyalty card. I`m thinking this was deliberate. WTF.
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Old 10th Feb 2020, 00:03
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When I took out my last mortgage I had to do all the money laundering dross, struck me at the time, why..... it's your money i'm spending, surely I should be asking you..
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Old 10th Feb 2020, 05:51
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What about all those thousands of cameras in very city, which follow you around everywhere you go, doesn't that bother you?.
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Old 10th Feb 2020, 06:08
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happyjack,

If you can't explain how you came by £16m with no record of ever working then you do indeed have some questions to answer. Far from 'prying upon innocent citizens' this is a very welcome crack down on money laundering by very VERY wealthy immigrants.

Cat5308,

Those cameras are there to help deter crime and assist in prosecuting those caught committing crime on them, mainly violence. They are a very good thing, have absolutely nothing to do with Big Brother, and should only be feared by those who have something to hide.
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