WHEN CHASING DOWN DETAILS PROMISED AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT, WHEN IS A HOUSE CALL A CRIME?
You were chatting to your next-door neighbour. She told you that she was about to buy a nightie from a local clothing store and the shop assistant confided in her, “How funny. Your next-door neighbour bought exactly the same nightie.” That meant you, and it was correct. You realise it was a light-hearted comment but should the shop assistant have revealed that? Isn’t what you wear to bed between you and the store?
Absolutely. That is a clear breach of your confidentiality. It’s especially so given the nature of the clothing. You may recall that when Hillary Clinton was shopping for baby clothes in Auckland, the shop told everyone she’d been in there, but refused to comment on what she’d bought. That’s how it should be. What you do about it depends on how strongly you feel. You have every right to get your money back or exchange the nightie. But that might involve awkward issues over proof. If it’s just the principle that gets to you, let it go. Be content that we agree with you.