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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 09:52 PM
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22. i think the card companies have idiots working for 'em.
i rarely use mine except for trips ya know? so here i had purchased some airline tix on the card, hotel reserv in a couple or three different cities and some train tix and reserved a rental car. get to the airport after spending14 hours in transit and the rental car folks are declining my card at the counter. i know there's only a few hundred bucks on the card and the limit is thousands. the woman at the counter runs the card 3 or 4 times, no go. calls the card company, they hand the phone to me and the idjit from the caed company says they froze the account because of unusual activity. so iasked her if she had my account up on the screen in front of her.

did she see where there were airline tickets purchased about 2 weeks prior?
>yes, she saw that.
did she agree that often when you arrive someplace by plane you might need a a set of wheels to get around?
> she allowed as how she could see that would be a possibility, yes.
so, i said, in fact, in light of transactions made on this account in the last 2 or 3 weeks, there's really nothing unusual at all about the activity is there?
> uh, well, no sir, i guess not.
good. then will you reactivate my fucking account so i can get a car and get out of this miserable airport? jeebus.

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  -called by VISA after making a DU contribution wli  Aug-18-05 09:13 PM   #0 
  - Actually, you should be grateful...  benburch   Aug-18-05 09:16 PM   #1 
  - questioning this is part of the post's motive  wli   Aug-18-05 09:19 PM   #4 
  - I got called after buying from Asses of Evil site  ChowChowChow   Aug-18-05 09:17 PM   #2 
  - No  NYFlip   Aug-18-05 09:18 PM   #3 
  - so far, so good; thanks for chiming in n/t  wli   Aug-18-05 09:20 PM   #5 
  - I had no such problem using mine.  AuntPatsy   Aug-18-05 09:21 PM   #6 
  - I'm a tin-foil hatter, but this is an ordinary event.  NAO   Aug-18-05 09:23 PM   #7 
  - I think they call if your purchase varies ...  etherealtruth   Aug-18-05 09:29 PM   #13 
  - I give to liberal causes fairly often and have never had  AuntieM1957   Aug-18-05 09:24 PM   #8 
  - I can't respond to every post, but things are looking good thus far  wli   Aug-18-05 09:25 PM   #10 
     - No reply needed, but I have never in my life had a call from a CC co/bank  karlrschneider   Aug-18-05 09:43 PM   #20 
  - I stopped using the credit care option for my internet  Cleita   Aug-18-05 09:24 PM   #9 
  - i have been donating a lot dem causes for last year on my card.  seabeyond   Aug-18-05 09:26 PM   #11 
  - also a very useful data point; there was a 1000 USD hotel bill near it too  wli   Aug-18-05 09:28 PM   #12 
  - I donate to DU with American Express - no calls, no hassle  Gildor Inglorion   Aug-18-05 09:29 PM   #14 
  - it isn't because of left-leaning causes  pitohui   Aug-18-05 09:34 PM   #15 
  - I think there are call-ahead methods but am not sure  wli   Aug-18-05 09:37 PM   #17 
  - When traveling far away from home, definitely alert your credit card  Divernan   Aug-18-05 10:04 PM   #23 
  - The only time they ever phoned me for confirmation  EHK   Aug-18-05 09:40 PM   #19 
  - I've only been called once to verify a purchase, and it wasn't  No Surrender   Aug-18-05 09:36 PM   #16 
  - I've been getting very reassuring feedback from everyone.  wli   Aug-18-05 09:38 PM   #18 
  - I got a call one time because I was charging car rental on my card.  Rainscents   Aug-18-05 09:46 PM   #21 
  - i think the card companies have idiots working for 'em.  nosmokes   Aug-18-05 09:52 PM   #22 

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