As it happens, it didn’t really matter. I filled out a form — this being modern Britain, me and the car (and more particularly its registration) had already been captured on CCTV — so I just had to sign a form to promise to pay and then I drove home and got my credit cards. As a testament to the inherent goodness of mankind (at least in Weybridge), I was looking so embarrassed that the guy behind me even offered to pay for me: he saw I had some business cards that I’d taken out of my pocket while searching for money and said that if I gave him a card then I could just post him a cheque.
This incident has had me thinking since the weekend, because it links identity, authentication and payment in such interesting ways. We were just talking about this in another context over on the Digital Identity blog.
These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]