These money laundering regulations are becoming really intrusive.
What brought it to a head for me was a visit to the Co-op travel agents in Spalding.
Both the post office and Co-op (and I suppose others) seem to feel that, to cover themselves, they must invoke the regulations
I wanted to exchange a small quantity of Euros. Besides getting a lousy rate, they insisted that I provide my name and address.
The cashier was quite pleasant but all this for £20? Now, I realise that the regulations have to be followed, but the Government give sufficient room in the legislation for the provider to assess the risk.
Both the post office and Co-op (and I suppose others) seem to feel that, to cover themselves, they must invoke the regulations. This is interpretation gone mad.
At the same time, I would mention Carphone Warehouse, whose staff would not supply me with a battery for my phone without me providing a name and address.
On a point of principal, I refused and went elsewhere. Where will it all end?