I take clients and friends to the City Club, which is housed in one of the downtown skyscrapers nearby.
Since 9/11 the skyscraper lobby has had security guards in blue blazers guarding card-reader entries to the elevators. If you tell them you are there to go to the club, they scowl and ask for your name so they can check a list, nominally the reservations list.
A few months ago I noticed that they let me in even when I didn't have a reservation for lunch. So my partners and I have started supplying false names to see what will happen. Hypothesis confirmed — you simply say you are going to the club and supply any name, and the guards make a show of scowling at the list and then wave you onto the elevators. My partners and I have started giving them the names of opposing attorneys we don't like and early-20th-century Supreme Court Justices. I'm taking a friend to lunch today; I'm thinking of going through the full names of the Three Stooges. Today I am Moe Howard.
I'm sure it will keep all the stupid terrorists out, which we are informed is the aim of security theatre.
Edit: I have rationalized this to myself as a protest against pointless security theatre (which normalizes increased government and security intrusiveness into our lives and erodes our attention and efforts to actual security needs), which is good, as opposed to superior dickery towards people who work for a living, which as Patrick points out is bad.
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