Fri-yay 3 ~ Milestones, Storms and Thieves

It’s Friday of the first full work week of 2020 ~ here are my 3 Random Thoughts for Fri-yay.

Ready? let’s go!

1 ) Milestones – Attended a retirement party recently for the woman who hired me 18+ years ago.  How did we get old enough to retire already?   Ironically one of her parting gifts was a beautiful clock.  Maybe it’s me but I found it funny that others assume someone who’s not going to be “on the clock” anymore wants … a clock?   We had a good visit and lots of laughs and she whispered joyfully, “5 more alarms to go…”   #IsntItIronic

2 ) Winter Storm Watch – the Midwest is bracing for a wild weather weekend.   TV forecasters are salivating, their eyes wild with excitement as they breathlessly provide hour-by-hour updates.  Stores are stocked, aisles are jammed, and folks are getting ready.  It’s 45F right now but expected to drop with rain then ice then snow then .. trees down, ice and snow, etc.    Regardless what happens .. we’ll be as ready as we can be.  #WinterinMI

3 )  Thieves – over the Christmas break I had my credit card number skimmed at a local (chain) retail store.  Thankfully I have alerts set up and received a message, via text, about suspicious activity.  (The text also looked suspicious, to be honest).  I didn’t respond to the text but instead called the credit card company, verified my identity, and confirmed I was home in my jammies and not trying to book a Hotel in Delaware!   After that whole mess I set up additional alerts to the account – transactions > a certain amount, change in security, debit charges, withdrawals, etc.   Make technology work for you! If you have a credit card, I suggest you set up similar stop-gaps.  Thieves have no problem helping themselves to your good credit and assets.    #StillAngry

 

P.S. ~

After the “skimming” incident I called the store where I’m certain the thievery happened and asked to speak to the manager. What sounded like a 12 year old came to the phone.  *SIGH* After explaining my dilemma and urging her to check their security/IT network she countered that, “Oh no, that couldn’t have happened here ’cause we.. like …  check our machines.. like … all the time.” When I offered that there is a current problem (since I hadn’t otherwise used the card in nearly a month anywhere else OR online and the attempted charges happened 2 hours after I shopped at their store) she responded with, “Well OK then … no worries,  Thanks for the call ….”   It was obvious, by her dismissive response that I wasn’t getting anywhere with Mandi with an i and ended the call.

  • #PutAlertsonYourCredit #CantFixStupid

 

What’s new in your world?

  • Any milestones happening around you?
  • Storms a-coming?
  • Tech tips or other thoughts to share?

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Fri-yay 3 ~ Milestones, Storms and Thieves

  1. Sorry to hear about your credit card. We’ve had one or the other of our credit card numbers stolen and used for charges as low as $15 and as high as around $1200. Most of the time our credit card company catches them and alerts us, but I’ve found one or two as I was reviewing our bill before paying it. The company refunds our fraudulent charges and sends us new cards (with new numbers). Sorry the manager you dealt with was in such denial. Maybe she knew but didn’t want to get involved or in trouble? (Or was just stupid that couldn’t be fixed). Anyway, glad you’ve got this all sorted out and alerts set up. I hope the storm coming your way isn’t too fierce.

    Around here it’s pretty much SSDD. Same sh!# different day. Just plugging along, trying to get through this spiritual awakening from hell. Getting there, centimeter by centimeter. We’re also getting the first snow of the winter, which has already melted as it changed over to rain. And will be expecting some big winds as a system moves through. Hopefully we won’t lose power in the next few days! But if we do, we’re set.

    • Thank you ~ There was a 2nd charge attempted for over $1500 which was denied. And yes, new cards for us also … the young manager was perfectly nice but not competent of handling the situation .. So annoying~!

      Hope you don’t lose power, either – we are expecting freezing rain and high winds which usually = trees down/power out. Ugh — have a good weekend!

      -MJ

  2. Retirement gifts are often things you don’t need anymore. Sorry about your credit card. My bank catches those and gives me a new card (which is a pain because I have auto payments set up). It’s the world we live in. Populated by Mandi’s with an i.

    • Thank you and yes the bank sent a new card with new #s and I had to make all those updates. But, glad it was caught cause it could’ve been much worse! Mandi with an i. Like .. who cares?
      HA! I sound so cranky and old 🙂

      MJ

  3. Customer service sure ain’t what it used to be! When I was in the “working world”, we strived to make things right with our customers. Not sure what kind of business it is where Mandi with an i is a manager, but do you have any options to go “over her head”? Sad state of affairs. Glad you had those alerts set.

    • Thanks, and I agree. C/S can be really great or .. non-existent. My guess is she’s either not trained, not empowered, or both. No options to go above, I tried. It was a retail store where everything is< $5. Not again~! Bests, MJ

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