I’d Put a Chip in Me to Keep My Wallet at Home

Of the 80 employees at Three Square Market, 50 are voluntarily agreeing to put a chip into their body to remove inconveniences from their life.

“That’s ridiculous,” said one of my friends. “And lazy. It’s crazy that people would do this just to buy some snacks.”

Another friend whom I go rock climbing with was unabashedly enthusiastic when I asked her about it.

Of the 80 employees at Three Square Market, 50 are voluntarily agreeing to put a chip into their body to remove inconveniences from their life.

These are just two of the most opposite responses I got after chatting with my friend about the news that employees at a Wisconsin-based company called Three Square Market are getting “chipped.”

By chipped, we’re talking about grain-sized radio-frequency ID (RFID) chips, which are injected between the thumb and the forefinger. And of the 80 employees at Three Square, 50 are voluntarily agreeing to put this chip into their body to remove inconveniences from their life.

Modern Conveniences

Of the 80 employees at Three Square Market, 50 are voluntarily agreeing to put a chip into their body to remove inconveniences from their life.Chipped employees will no longer need passwords for their work computers, or security cards to unlock doors or copy machines. Also, employees can use the snack room without cash or a credit card … they can just pick a snack up, and it’ll be automatically billed to him or her. That’s because Three Square Market is a self-checkout technology company.


Three Square Market’s customers are companies that provide self-checkout snack rooms … so, of course, getting self-checked-out is really the main benefit of getting chipped for the employees.

Now, many people are against these kinds of technologies, usually because of privacy concerns. However, when you look back at history, the pessimists have been utterly and completely wrong on technological developments.

For example, Conrad Gessner, a respected Swiss scientist, worried about information overload in the 1500s … when books were beginning to be published more commonly.

In 2005, CNN reported that using email makes you dumber and hurts your IQ more than smoking pot.

More recently, news reports claimed that “Twitter and Facebook could harm moral values” and that “using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer.”

Freedom From Wallets

Truthfully, we are always afraid of new technology, and the media loves to frighten us about new technology. It’s only in hindsight that we see all the benefits that a technology brings us.

This is why I’m skeptical of media stories that question new technology that can make our lives better … especially when it comes to something that’s as frequent as paying for things, like how RFID chips are being used.

Each week, I take my wallet out and then pull out a credit card or cash 30 times or more. Personally, I’d love to leave my wallet at home, and walk into a store or restaurant and leave without having to pull out my wallet, choose credit card or cash, and then pay.

The bottom line for me on this is that there is a revolution brewing in financial technology. And it’s clear that many people are ready to throw off old ways in terms of paying for things in order to have greater convenience, and the freedom of being able to do things without a wallet or a form of payment.

I believe that this revolution is already underway … as the employees at Three Square are demonstrating by volunteering to be chipped. This is why I have a stock in my Profits Unlimited portfolio that benefits from this trend. This stock is up by nearly 50% in about seven months … and I’m researching a number of others to add in the months ahead.


Paul Mampilly
Editor, Profits Unlimited

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  • JL99

    Ah ha! See? People are going nuts. Too much time with electronic gadgets and not enough time outdoors doing natural stuff like fishing, hunting and tramping around the countryside…ya young whippersnappers.

  • Martin Randall Higley

    So in time it becomes mandatory for everyone to get chipped without which no job, no roof over one’s head, no food, etc. etc. etc. I guess I would be one who would perish. There are others who know exactly where I’m coming from. The clock begins it’s countdown

  • Hal Galbraith

    The last book of the Bible, the book of Revelations, describes that during the end times, one will receive the “Mark of the Beast” in their hands and/or foreheads. If my employer would require me to use this technology, I will have to pass on the job. Yes! I am a Christian, proud and unapologetic.

  • The World According to Gar

    “Truthfully, we are always afraid of new technology, and the media loves
    to frighten us about new technology. It’s only in hindsight that we see
    all the benefits that a technology brings us.”

    This statement sounds like something the Illuminati propagates. There is no benefit to surrendering complete and total control to a central authority. We are marching closer and closer to it, as everyone rationalizes about the apparent (but useless) benefits. One day, there will be decisions made by a person behind a desk, on who to “turn off” or who to “seize”. It will happen without our knowledge and it will be accepted by all of the sheeple. It’s time for a world-wide “reset” on the acceptance of a one-world central authority. The time is long overdue. But, the masses always get it wrong. So, here we go… “1984”, “Animal Farm”, … just a few years later than predicted.

  • Kevin Sears

    Minority Report. We are closer than most people think or want to believe. No thank you.

  • Thomas Waldenfels

    Oh my god. You wave off people’s objections with two words … “privacy concerns” … dismissing them as if they’re nothing more than the droolings of a bunch of lizard-brained luddites. I’m no luddite, and I have serious concerns.

    Privacy isn’t the real issue. FREEDOM is. If you don’t understand that, you have no business writing on the subject. If you do, you’re a tool of those interests in society who would love nothing more than to know everything about you … so they can control everything you do.

    And if you genuinely think this chipping agenda is about facilitating commerce, you’re out of your mind. That’s how it’ll be sold, as a convenience and a safety measure. There is, after all, the Nuremburg code and its proscription against involuntarily subjecting people to medical procedures, so you can’t start blathering about mandatory chipping right out of the gate. That’ll come later.

    It’s all about establishing a full-blown surveillance state and a central government that commands and controls YOU. And if you don’t think the government and its corporate collaborators haven’t already demonstrated their interest in knowing everything they can about you, you haven’t been paying attention to the news and the revelations of Edward Snowden.

    This article does an incredible disservice to your readers. I’ll tell you what they can do with their &*@$%*! chips. They can put ’em where the moon don’t shine. If anyone ever tries to chip me against my will, he’d better come prepared for the fight of his life, because it’ll be him or me.

  • Flame

    Over a decade ago (2005) two bright young women wrote the book “Spychips: How major corporations and big government plan to track your every move with RFID.” I met Katherine Albrecht, one of the co-authors. Based on what I read in that book, I continue to boycott certain businesses that advocate item-level chipping (read the book to find out the difference between product-level and item-level chipping and how it would impact you). Most jurisdictions now mandate the chipping of pets, to enable lost pets to be more easily returned to owners. What they don’t tell you — that Ms. Albrecht has discovered — is that some of those chipped pets have developed cancer or other, sometimes fatal, maladies at the injection sites. Even when the maladies are not fatal, they still cause costly vet bills. How long before the humans being chipped begin to develop similar maladies? The future of having these chips throughout your home could mean a gross invasion of privacy sufficient to alter one’s lifestyle choices and even curtail your freedom.

    Since publication of this book, we have seen a huge increase in identity theft to such extent that businesses advertise daily on TV how to combat same, and other businesses are providing slipcases for your chip-embedded credit cards, driver licenses and passports. My chip-embedded cards are wrapped in double layers of aluminum foil — hardly possible if the chip were in my hand.

    Now that’s just the secular and practical view of RFID. Then, for those of us who are Believers, there is the prediction in the Bible of the Mark of the Beast without which no man will be allowed to buy or sell. Back to the farm, boys. Better learn to grow your own food or plan to starve.

    Thank you, but I will forego any interaction with RFID and will boycott any firm that promotes it. That means even if Three Square decides to set up shop where I live, they will not get my business any more than CVS Pharmacy (which advocates item-level chipping) and other businesses.

  • Flame

    I’m with you, Thomas, 110%

  • Flame

    When the Mark of the Beast comes to all and you can’t buy in the grocery store without it, at least you’ll be able to eat!

  • 615GEJ1

    To take the “mark” is to choose eternal death. Those who know the scripture and their God are on this right now!

    Eventually there will be enclaves and little communities in remote places that will create survival opportunities for those who refuse the “mark”. Not this moment, but eventually it will become a live or die deal breaker.

  • Rodger

    How did St. John know this 2,000 years ago? Someone much smarter than John must have told him. Just one more evidence that there is a GOD that cares about us.

  • jeremiahjoseph

    In this one article, with his incredibly shallow analysis of mass human chipping, my prior respect for Mr. Mampilly’s opinions evaporated. Sure, let’s all get chipped and thereafter be entirely subject to the direct biological and physiological control of unelected, faceless, virtually identity-less government bureaurcrats, not to mention malicious hackers from anywhere in digital cyberspace. What, Mr Mampilly, could possibly go wrong here?

  • Henry Miller

    I would like a single chip to include driver’s license, medical history, medications, debit and credit card accounts, insurance cards and gun permit (hmmmm), passport, and voter registration as well as locally programmable features (key card access to secure facilities, etc.). This would require significant infrastructure to support (read “jobs”) and anyone with such a chip would need a personal device which allowed the adding of accounts, deletion of accounts, and changing of account information. It should also have a feature that allows the user to download totals of all expenses from all sources, provide reminders for to take medicines, a calendar feature, and a digital signature. We have put a man on the moon and placed a space probe on a comet. We can figure our the security for this and stay ahead of the hackers if we dedicate ourselves to doing so. Great idea.

  • Barbara Presley

    You are so right. Would not have a chip for anything. I love my eternal life more than anything. I’ll just keep carry g my wallet.

  • mary

    It is a very sad day, and emblematic of our times, when a publication that was established by libertarian John Pugsley could put out garbage like this opinion piece. John is a-spinnin’ in his grave. And this Mampilly guy is an ignoramus.

  • Evji108

    Heaven forbid anyone should be inconvenienced by a credit card or by actual cash. And carrying around a wallet, just exhausting.

  • Evji108

    Tattoos are the mark of the beast, not microchips, which don’t even leave a mark.