Why it isn't a good idea to give a store your zip code

Yesterday, TheBlaze reported the story of a California woman, Jo Anna Davis, who refused to provide an Ulta beauty store with her zip code while making a return. What happened next was truly insane: the store manager got involved, demanding Davis provide her zip code, and even briefly locking the doors to the store.

Davis explained what happened in an interview:

REPORTER 1: Joanna Davis says the situation was so absurd, she laughed out loud in her car afterward. She tried to return an item at an Alta beauty store near Sacramento. They asked for her zip code, which she didn't want to give them.

REPORTER 2: What happened when you refused to give them your zip code?

DAVIS: When I refused to give them my zip code, they called the manager, she wanted it and then said that she couldn't go forward with providing me with a refund or a store credit or whatever.

REPORTER 1: Davis says it led to an ugly confrontation in the store. For many of us, it doesn't get that far. We're often asked for our zip codes when we make a purchase and think nothing of giving it. But if a sales clerk sees your name while swiping your card, then gets your zip code… Stores can take this information to a data broker and ask them to match up the name with the zip code in order to get the person's home address. And they can get other information too. They might be able to get e mail address or phone number as well.

“And it's gotten so bad, everybody does this now. Well, not everybody, but there's a bunch of stores who want either your zip code, which seemingly harmless to a lot of people. I know, what can they get from a zip code? A lot, as we just found out,” Pat said. “They want your phone number sometimes. Sometimes they want your address. I never tell them any of it.”

Beyond the obvious customer service issues at play, Glenn highlighted the ethical problems that arise when stores, companies, businesses, etc. have access to this kind of personal information.

“Here's the amazing thing,” Glenn said. “There is nobody that talks about ethics anymore. I talk to people in business all the time, and there's no one that talks about the ethics of how to treat their customers, their ethics of what to do with the information, their ethics of going and data mining.”

“The information on you is so valuable. But it won't be very long because you know who will be the main provider of information? The government. They will have everything. Absolutely everything on you,” he continued. “And then they are the ones that are selling your information. How do you think they are doing this? This is a way for them to make money… They don't actually care about you… Because once they gather the information through the government, you're done. You're done. You don't have control of anything anymore.”

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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