Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:24
Losing one’s credit card is a very unnerving experience as I now know firsthand.
Last week when I opened my wallet to pull out my card, it was missing. What a shocker.
My first thought was that someone was using it and charging it up to the hilt or worse.
Then I came to my senses and put my “Major Crimes” TV show training to use. One of the first things they do is check to see what activity has appeared on the victim’s credit card.
So, I went online and looked up my transaction history and saw that the last time I had used it was a week prior, when I charged lunch at a major chain restaurant in a nearby town while treating a customer to lunch.
Nothing charged since that time—which could have been done if it had been put to a nefarious use.
I then called the restaurant and asked if they per chance might have my card. In fact, I asked if they had a basket full of cards that people leave behind—and they said they did. But I would have to speak with the manager, which was their policy, and the manager wasn’t be able to come to the phone. A good policy, I thought.
I called back later and learned they did indeed have my lost card. That is how you spell relief.
The next day I stopped at the restaurant and the manager delivered my card to me after jokingly saying thanks for the new golf clubs he had ordered with my card. I asked how many cards people leave behind and he said they have had as many as 100 of them.
Why the card owners didn’t come pick them up he didn’t know. My thought was they might have been charged up to the max and wouldn’t do the owner any good anyway.
I will definitely be more careful in the future.
We’re excited about the way the veterans book is coming along at this point. Little did we know, when we started the project around the first of this year, how involved it would become for us.
The service photos section that has 1,658 photos in it is finished now with a bit more internal proofing left to go. And the candids photos section and the features are nearly finished and ready for proofing as well.
Everything is lined up for the official release at 2 p.m. Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Community Center following the Father Kapaun Celebration in Pilsen. More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.
We have been invited to attend the soup supper in Marion at the VFW later that afternoon to distribute books there as well.
I was over at the Tabor College Campus Activity Center and was checking out the plaques on the wall while waiting for an appointment.
It is hard to believe, but the building is now 20 years old, having been dedicated in May 1992.
The other night I was so sleepy I had to get up and run to bed to keep from falling asleep before I got there.
I learned while helping serve at the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Arts and Crafts Fair booth that when you put bills in the money box, the bills all have to go the same way and they have to be perfectly flat with no corners folded over.
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