Tuesday, January 26, 2010

VeriChip, implanting nightclub patrons in Scotland

Microchipping drinkers? If you think this is a good idea, alchoholism is likely not your only problem.
 A Scottish nightclub is about to become the first in Britain to offer its customers the chance to have a microchip implanted in their arm to save them carrying cash.
The "digital wallet", the size of a grain of rice, guarantees entry to the club and allows customers to buy drinks on account. 
"digital wallet" nice spin, this is how people get sold on really bad ideas

The VeriChip is inserted by a medical professional and then scanned for its unique ID number as a customer enters the bar.

The scheme was criticised by a spokesman for the Scottish Executive, who said the microchip could encourage excessive drinking, and by Notags, a consumer group set up to resist the spread of radio frequency identification devices.

A spokesman said: "The chip contains your name and ID number and, as this could be read remotely without your knowledge, that is already too much information."
Imagine the possibilities - local law enforcement armed with rfid readers can pick you up for numerous alcohol related offences. Imagine the fines, the hiked insurance rates, the jail time????
All that handy information in one place. So convenient.


  1. Anyone volunteering for having a chip inserted (whatever the reason), deserves all they get....
    Having had quite a few drinkies in Glasgow and Edinburgh myself, I can see why some of the locals would prefer to leave their wallet at home, but this doesn't excuse the ignorance of having a chip shoved in your arm.

  2. I think this has been going on for some time now, not just in Glasgow or Edinburgh (and yeah I've had a few 'drinkies' there too!!! ;) ).

    A friend told me about seeing this in an episode of CSI or something, coulda been the other one... uhhh...

    I don't watch alot of tele.

    Imagine... the possibities!

  3. As far as these chips go, if they come in simulated salt and vinegar I'm all for it. And Skye says she wants them in BBQ but what does she know. Simulated Salt and Vinegar rocks. Yep nothing like simulated salt and vinegar chips to get rid of the taste of the Fairy pee that the Scottish call beer.

  4. Hey All!

    hoped I didn't sound to cruel with my opening statement but, honestly only a moron would think this a good idea...

    no amount of 'convenience' is worth getting chipped for.

    Imagining more possibilities...
    the chip can be scanned so your employer can know just how much you drink, have any kids, child service can be alerted, your health care provider and on and on...

    Um I want my chips in sour cream and onion...no not really, I am a bigger fan of popcorn.
    Anyway, scottish beer = fairy pee?

    Well someone is being even more offensive then I was!

  5. Watch the news, when they start chipping the military and prisoners then they will go after the rest of the populace. Or perhaps they'll use the powdered RFID they've engineered and just covertly administer it via mandatory vaccination. In any event this is just a PR followup to a stunt they did at another nightclub in Barcelona. I find it very hard to muster any sympathy for any one who willingly allows themselves to be treated like livestock.