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Atlanta Latinos Flock to Buy "Novelty" IDs

Atlanta Latino, News Report, Judith Martnez Posted: Apr 20, 2009

Some 300 people lined up on a recent April Saturday at Santa Fe Mall in Atlanta, Ga., to spend $20 for ID cards being marketed by a company named Badging Direct. The cards have no legal or official authorization and many of those waiting to get them expressed doubt about their validity. Still, some like Lilia Mendoza said that two IDs are often required for many activities, like opening a bank account. She needs to get a passport and wasnt sure if the Badging Direct ID would be accepted but she was willing to try it. Others came to complain that IDs theyd previously bought through the company were never delivered. Police in surrounding counties told Atlanta Latino that the IDs were nothing more than novelty items, and would not be considered valid.


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