Long, but this worked for us!
Just returned from a “Christmas, Holiday, Let’s-all-get-together, Birthday” vacation.
I was about to grab a wad of cash before heading out the door but thought TSA
may take a dim view about my carrying so much cash ( they have no sense of humor.
During the pat-down I mentioned my prostate exam was due and could they please
forward to results of my pat-down to my urologist. TSA agent “Frank” (“WE TAKE
OUR JOB VERY SERIOUSLY, SIR!”) was not amused). So… I finally decided to
take the business card out of mothballs along with about $35 cash. My wife had
about $100 in cash. She didn’t need much cash, I was taking the card).
After giving Lyft about $35 we hopped a commuter to a major hub. While in the airport
we received a call…
“Mr. Speedwell? This is Louanne from the credit union. We were able to successfully
remove the requested charge. What would you like to do about the others from Amazon?”
“Yes. You have two charges for $0.00. If these are not your charges then it appears someone
is pinging your account. They just want to be sure the account is active before making fraudulent
charges against your card. I would advise locking your card and freezing the account.”
“Ok, let’s do that, and thank you for being on top of the situation.”
“Ok… it’s done. Now no one can use that card number or account… and by the way, that includes you.”
“But we’re on vacation… in the airport… we just left home!”
“Oh… good luck with that… May I be of any other service today?”
Upon arriving at our destination, I explained the situation to my mother and hence:
*No, I can’t “Trade with my sister” and suddenly spend $165/night on a hotel.
*No, we won’t be going to the symphony." (WHEW!!)
*No, we won’t be going to the World’s Largest Flea Market." (Double WHEW!).
*No, we won’t be going to the “Super Mall”.
*No, we won’t be spending an extra $850 because it makes you feel better.
Airline troubles, food trouble (because of the airline delays), shuttle options
for the airline’s convenience, were all answered with the same line about our
card and our cash on hand. Others were forced to make concessions and
we kept our money in our pockets.
It’s not at all what we had planned, but we
were forced to keep others out of our pockets.
It was not voluntary, but it worked well for us… this time.
I don’t think I’ll try it again.
-"Mad" Max Speedwell