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Update on one of Amy's stolen checks.

Target's apparently more on top of things than 7-11 about checks, though it's likely because the anonymous loser that swiped Amy's purse spent a lot more there.

They called her today to say they do have surveillance video from when someone wrote out that $500 check form her frozen account. They won't release it to her but will to the detective on her case (we have to use the legal system, so maybe the Denver police will shoot them for us), who told us the video shows a Hispanic couple (duh, a white person using checks with GUTIERREZ on them might get asked for ID) purchasing a television and paying with a check after both of her credit cards were denied.

I am so itching to leave a newstip to the local competent news station to see if they'll bite on how miserably stores in Denver check for ID. Besides, it'd be funny as hell since last week I had to show two forms of ID at Target to buy $40 of clearance clothes for Himself and the midget, but a couple buying a $500 TV doesn't have to show any even with two denied credit cards.

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king_chiron
Oct. 21st, 2003 05:32 pm (UTC)
Lately I've noticed that a number of larger chains have started asking for ID when making credit card purchases.

I personally don't have a problem with this, in fact I think it's a good idea. Although I know for a while it was not allowed under Visa/MCs merchant agreement.
cathouse_blues
Oct. 21st, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh...make the call!
revme
Oct. 21st, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)
YES, you so totally should. That would be awesome.
oddharmonic
Oct. 23rd, 2003 01:25 am (UTC)
I left them a tip via website form. I got back a brief reply that I brought up some good points and thanks for alerting them. I feel better now.
denmarkadonis
Oct. 21st, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC)
ya know, i work at 7-11. in fact i applied for the job because of an LJer posting about her experiences. i don't normally ask for i.d. it checks, but i explain why. if someone steals checks they don't buy a pack of smokes and a snickers. but if someone drops $500, they know they better have a SPARKLING i.d. in order to get anything at all.

some folks actually have the nerve to get upset when i ask for i.d. one lady cursed me out. tolerance and patience are a must for such a job. i am tested daily. no deaths yet.
_wendybird_
Oct. 22nd, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)
I could write for days about my experience after getting my wallet stolen a few years back. My ID was inside as was my Social Security number courtesy of my dental insurance which uses it as a member ID number. Thanks dental insurance fuck ups. The wallet-stealing bastards were able to clean out my Wells Fargo bank account (they even used my ID and the signature didn't match at all), used a bunch of my credit cards (all within 45 minutes of the theft), and got new in-store credit cards at a bunch of stores (Target, Mervyns, Montgomery Wards). Amazingly, I paid nothing, and the credit cards, bank, and stores covered it. Even though the total of theft was $24,000, the San Francisco police didn't care at all on following up on it. (They said if it was double that they would.)

It's amazing you even got video. None of the stores had any video or they'd already erased it (including the bank). It's ridiculous how rarely places check for ID. Target's one of the better ones. I'm surprised they didn't ask for a driver's license to go along with the check.

Make sure Amy calls Equifax, and the other two credit agencies. I wish someone had told me that the first week. The police pamphlet on "What to do when your wallet's stolen" amazingly didn't mention it!

oxymoron02
Oct. 24th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
They have a word for that. Stupidity.

How do you not card someone who's been twice declined for credit cards? And on a $500 purchase? Morons.

That cashier: a) was in on it and should be fired or b) deserves to be fired for lack of functioning grey matter.

I've always wanted to print bumper stickers and involuntarily put them on people's cars.

"I am an inconsiderate prick"
"I drive drunk, if swerving call the police"
Et cetera. I think, if they catch her, you should follow her out of court and put an "I am a thief" sticker on her car. But I'm just vindictive. :)
oddharmonic
Nov. 3rd, 2003 01:44 am (UTC)
We are so on the same page sometimes.

Himself, on the other hand, thinks involuntary bumper stickers aren't permanent enough and has a habit of writing with his finger through the dust and dirt on cars so the message sticks through a couple of washes. This summer he and Jake left "I am a/an [insert term of choice] that cannot park my car" on several cars taking up two spaces around Raleigh and he left a short novel on the back of a big SUV at the Denver Zoo. He was so proud of the latter he had me take a photo of the finished work.
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