The $4,000+ GPS chip used to prevent kidnappings in Mexico

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A rash of kidnappings in Mexico has compelled the well-off to buy a $4,000 GPS chip that’s implanted under the skin. The chip, called Verichip, is created by a company called Xega, is about the size of a grain of rice, and is used in conjunction with an off-site (well, off-body) unit that tracks the chip’s location.

So, in a perfect world, if your loved one is kidnapped, at least you’ll know where he or she is.

(Now, the kidnappers could circumvent this by, saying, removing the chip from the body (removing a limb, perhaps), or by destroying the off-site unit.)

The chip, in addition to the one-time fee of $4,000, requires a $2,200 yearly fee.

I think it’s safe to say that many of us on staff aren’t worth that kind of money.

via Reuters