Well certainly the bank will provide some measure of protection. Oh sure, if it were any reputable bank I may be inclined to agree with you. However, having been victim once, or twice, before of debit card shenanigans I made the wise decision to go with a 'pay card' offered by my employer as a way to, ahem, save costs. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The 'pay card' was not linked to my savings or credit accounts, which was good. If someone did somehow manage to insert some trickery then they would only be able to get....ALL OF MY PAY!
But surely, you say now, looking at me with those pitying eyes, the bank will see the error and make everything all right likely split! Please see above about this not being a real bank. I had to call in and wait for hours to get through, only to be out on hold for even more time. Once I did reach an actual person I gave them all the details (I'm in Rhode Island and the transactions in question were from a friggin Wal Mart in Corpus Christi Texas for chrissakes!), I still needed to have a recorded conversational interview, write a statement outlining everything we just covered in said interview, FAX the damn thing (who faxes anymore? Do you? I don't! ) at a Staples and file an honest to goodness police report! The officers at the station kept saying, " We'll they just put it back in your account right?" To which I say not so fast! Once they receive all of this information (please wait 24hours after submitting to follow up that we've received it), then they will forward it to the fraud investigation unit which will then CALL THE STORE IN QUESTION to see if there is a tape they can review! Keep in mind I'm in Rhode Island and made a charge that evening that shows that much. Then the investigation will proceed and can take from 45-90 DAYS! Oh if they're feeling sorry for you they MAY give you a provisional credit after 10-14 working days. Maybe.
Oh, did I mention that the was another transaction in NY state!?! And that all of the transactions happened within 15 minutes of each other? Yup, I'm Superman and I fly all over the country at lightening speed only to make purchases at WalMart Superstore #0464!
Lesson learned. I'm looking for some Maxwell House cans if ya got any to spare!
Oh and I'm on vacation this week too!
Well here it is the last day of my vacation and there was an outing with Mighty Mighty Pack Six! at Colt State Park in Bristol. The scouts are attempting a recruitment drive throughout the summer to bulk up their numbers for the fall so if you know anyone who you think would be interesting in Scouting should check em out!
Some say winning is what it's all about but sometimes it's about learning how to play.
Strong parental influences go a long way into shaping the boys into men. Sometimes you just gotta let 'em figure it out.
Team building activities like capture the flag teach the boys how to work together and most importantly how to win with style or lose with grace.
Another good team building game is suitcase. You have to dress as whatever's inside and run the suitcase to the next side where another person has to put on what you're wearing. This goes on until the adults are no longer amused!
A good obstacle course can be as challenging and fun as you choose to make it!
Don't be afraid of making too difficult. It just makes them want to win more!
Even those who are too young now will see and want to be a part.
It was a great week and topped off by a well put together event. Lots of food and fun. Tomorrow I go back to work until August.
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