- In Germany we have an ID card and I have it in my pocket all the
 time. But actually it is rarely used, I do need it not more than
 maybe three times a year. [[...]]

As a Canadian living and working in Germany, my legal "ID card" is
my (Canadian) passport.  (I don't have a German (or Canadian!) driver's
license.)  When I bought a cellphone calling plan the cellphone store
asked for this (I guess the police want to make sure an identifyable
person can be found for each cellphone number).

It was clear from our conversation that very few (if any) Canadians
had ever bought cellphone calling plans from this employee before.
(Not suprisingly -- there aren't that many other Canadians living
or travelling here.) Indeed, I rather suspect mine may have been the first Canadian passport this particular employee had ever seen.

So... just how reliably could he have spotted a fake passport?


-- "Jonathan Thornburg -- remove -animal to reply" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
   Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institut),
   Golm, Germany, "Old Europe"     http://www.aei.mpg.de/~jthorn/home.html
   "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the
    powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
                                      -- quote by Freire / poster by Oxfam

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