I went to get fingerprinted for my real estate license yesterday. New 'security' laws require all licensed Realtors in Texas to be photographed and fingerprinted.
I feel absolutely violated. Maybe it's because I come from the old school that believes only criminals should be fingerprinted. Apparently because I work in a position of financial responsibility, the FBI needs to check me out. And I have to go to a hard-to-find, seedy office and pay $44 (checks only, no cash or credit cards) for the privilege.
So why doesn't every CPA, lawyer, banker and doctor in the state have to be fingerprinted too? There are plenty of folks in responsible positions to choose from. And if we're going to start fingerprinting every gainfully employed US citizen (for example, to renew your driver's license), why don't we just set up fingerprinting stations in convenience stores?
It adds insult to injury when I have to pay, make an appointment a week in advance and jeopardize my safety all to have my right to privacy violated. I grew up on Air Force bases and I'm as patriotic as the next American, but this isn't about patriotism. I can't sell homes if I don't go through this process.
Is it just me?