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May 15 2008   1:26PM GMT

Overheard: Biometric verification, the Lunch Lady, and Big Momma

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

schoollunch.jpg “Never again will a student hold up a lunch line to search for his/her ID card, fear peer pressure for being on a Free or Reduced meal plan, or have someone else charge a meal on their account.”

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Ok, this is kind of creepy. I can picture parent’s I’ve known really doing this. What’s next? Video monitors so you can check from work and make sure your kid isn’t trading with someone else? It’ll be interesting to see how this next generation figures out how to set parental boundries.

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