Children fingerprinted like criminals in Poway California
Now this story has caught my eye. Considering my family an I are about to move to this area, the City of Poway in North San Diego County California is going to introduce biometric scans of skaters thumbs to allow or disallow entry into the skate park. Imagine that? law abiding citizens, children in fact are beginning to willfully hand over their fingerprints in order to get access to a skate park! Growing up in the Valley during the days of dog town I watched as private skate parks closed down one by one because of law suits. I thought it was interesting as cash strapped cities across southern california began to build modern and costly skate parks. Awesome, radical, cool – Cities were giving my children’s generation great places to play and get outdoors and away from their video games. But at what cost? Is making sure vandalism, bullying and a disregard of certain rules worth giving up your personal identity, your fingerprints? Only criminals and law breakers should ever be forced to give this up. Shame on Poway and any other city in California that follows along, shame on the citizens who are more interested in tabloid news than our slowly evaporating so called American freedoms.
Here’s the complete article from the San Diego Union Tribune website:
“POWAY — City officials hope to reduce vandalism, bullying and other problems at Poway Skate Park by requiring that children and adults enter the park via a “biometric” thumb scanner.
Skaters and visitors will only gain access through the park’s turnstile once their thumbprint is scanned by the device, which officials hope to have installed by Friday and functioning by April 19.
Park users will be asked to register at the park starting tomorrow to coincide with spring break. Skaters will be required to sign a liability waiver, provide a thumbprint and have their photo taken. The photo and thumbprint will be uploaded to a computer. There is no cost for registration, and admittance to the park is free.