The NYT has a nice piece on how tracking your shopping habits allows marketing firms to determine if you are pregnant and how far along you are … even if you don’t know.
And there is a followup from Forbes.
What Target discovered fairly quickly is that it creeped people out that the company knew about their pregnancies in advance.
“If we send someone a catalog and say, ‘Congratulations on your first child!’ and they’ve never told us they’re pregnant, that’s going to make some people uncomfortable,” Pole told me. “We are very conservative about compliance with all privacy laws. But even if you’re following the law, you can do things where people get queasy.” – NYT
Customer: (buys a decent set at a breakfast place in Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport)
Tenant: Thri … ahh … (then silently points at the number on the cash register)
Customer: (hands over a $100 bill)
Tenant: (silently leaves to get change, but doesn’t tell them)
Why would anyone with no workable knowledge of English (because she even struggled with the 3 -> 30 transition 😀 ) work behind the counter at a busy food place in the international flights section?