Posted: May 7, 2008 7:19 am
Yeah, I don't think this has anything to do with credit cards or AVS -- they're asking EVERYBODY, at the start of the transaction, no matter if they're paying cash, credit, check or food stamp card.
I get the purpose of asking for marketing reasons, if you're a relatively unique store attracting folks from all over town, and you're thinking about opening more locations. But this is a neighborhood grocery store that's been in the same spot (under various names) for how long now? And it's part of a chain that is one of the largest in town -- it's not like people from all over the city make a special trip just to shop at Schnuck's on Union.
The only practical info I can see them getting out of this is maybe trying to find out how many downtowners shop there, in case they're thinking about a new store there.
And Theresa, I like lying in cases like this too... except I was buying beer and had to show my ID anyway!