St. Edwards University, Austin, Tex., has had to change the way students can purchase food on campus with their student IDs. In the past, the school enabled students to simply punch in their ID number rather than produce the actual card. This was convenient for the student if he left the card in his room, for example.
But this year, university dining halls will no longer accept students’ ID numbers in place of the cards. “Too many students were giving out wrong numbers,” said a school spokesperson.
More ominous is that students might be giving out ID numbers that belong to other students. Because of this fraud, the university decided to pull the plug on accepting ID numbers.
“We had people steal cards… stealing meal plans…” said Michael Stone, director of auxiliary services. “We had two or three people last year that ran up more than $20 of theft, basically.”
However, not all students were thrilled with the change. “I think it’s really inconvenient because it’s easy to misplace our ID cards, and as college students we don’t want to use credit cards or cash,” said one student.
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