Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Conversation with the Credit Card Company, Saving Money on TP, and Other Trivia

Scenario: Making notifications to credit card companies online about travel abroad. On the second card for one company, I neglect to re-enter the dates of travel. The dates on the notification default to the current date. I redo the notification with the correct dates. "A second notification cannot be placed on your card while another notification is still on it. Call 1-800-xxx-xxxx for assistance."

Action: (I hate to make phone calls, which is why I prefer online notification.)

(I call) I put a wrong date on my travel notification.  It said to call this number for help.

I can take care of that for you.
(He takes the information.)
Is there anything else I can do for you?

(Normal answer, not today, thank you, but a light bulb goes on. Heh, heh. Something I'd just been doing a lot of reading about.)

Why, yes. I want to tell your management that we who travel internationally need the CHIP and PIN credit card (used in Europe). (Litany of situations recited where, despite all assurances that a magnetic strip card must be accepted, it can't be and isn't.)

Thank you.

Thank you. And for future reference you can make your travel notifications on line.

Yes, I know. That's what I did and I ended up talking to you.

Oh, that's right, you did.

Afterthought. If I'd just waited until the next day, the erroneous notification would have expired and I could have submitted a new one.  Online.

Scenario: Stopping first in the ladies' room on the way to lunch at (well-known fast-food eatery). Finishing up the simplest function, I tear off a piece of TP. It's see-through! I could read through this piece of paper. Have you noticed, ladies, that through recent years, "they" have been making those big TP rolls for public restrooms narrower and narrower? (Leading me to refer to it as dental floss.) I expect they charge the same price as for former wider paper.

This was a new thin in thinness. A moneysaver? I needed about five feet of it to avoid the, um, unpleasant soak-through. Just visualize.

I took a piece home with me to demonstrate its see-through qualities. It got a little wrinkled en route -- but I was afraid that ironing it to flatten it might ignite it. But here it is.

"See-thru" TP

Yeah, this has really got to save the well-known fast-food eatery a lot of money.

And trivia. In a similar vein, have I mentioned the shrinking bags of cat food? Back when the large bag weighed 24 pounds, the people at the feed store would put it in my car for me. For the same price, I can now carry the 14 pound bag under one arm all the way across the shopping center parking lot. I suppose that's the consequence of having to feed premium cat food to premium cats. Sigh.

See you tomorrow.


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