VISIT vi­o­la­tion?

WHEN CHAS­ING DOWN DE­TAILS PROMISED AF­TER A CAR AC­CI­DENT, WHEN IS A HOUSE CALL A CRIME?

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CONSUMER -

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.

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