There are many things that I could rant about today. However, my random ranting spotlight has fallen upon electronic signature devices. Have you experienced them?
Very often parcel delivery workers shove them in front of parcel recipients to demand our signatures. The trouble is that it is virtually impossible to produce anything that even vaguely resembles one's signature on the slippery little screens we find in front of us. When ever I write my "signature" upon them it looks more like the scrawl of a chimpanzee in a laboratory experiment or the mark of an illiterate peasant from the highlands of New Guinea.
How could that mark ever stand up in a court of law? How could the parcel company ever be able to use it as proof that the parcel was indeed delivered? Anybody could have made that mark.
Ever since I could first write, I have written my name. As the years passed my signature evolved to become a part of me like my fingerprints or the colour of my irises. That signature is a symbol of my identity. It is in my passport and it is how I still very occasionally sign cheques. And yet the parcel delivery companies are clearly not interested in our real signatures any more. They just want the hopeless screen scrawl with their little electronic sticks like the illegible scrawl that everybody else produces for them.
What I would like to see is this. When asked to provide a "signature" on one of those devices, members of the public should start saying "No! I will give you my proper signature on paper but I am not going to sign anything on this device as I find it impossible to write upon. Go back to your company and tell them so. From a customer's point of view the device is useless and I do not wish to compromise myself by even touching the thing. Who ever invented it needs shooting!"