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[General] Frustration

Well. Got on the road today, and made it all the way from Chilliwack to Golden. That's nine hours of driving, and leaves only four hours to Calgary tomorrow... then it's Spruce Meadows for us.

However, despite making good time, my day could've been better.

I got a call today while on the freeway, and something told me I really ought to take it. Turns out? My Visa debit card number was stolen. Someone's started running up charges with it for SUV accessories, and $80 tanks of gas. So, my debit card has been deactivated to prevent further charges.

Read that again. My Visa debit card -- my main form of financial transaction -- has had to be deactivated. So I have a bit of cash I took out, and my real Visa card, to get me through this trip. Luckily, the real Visa has a limit of several thousand, and only has like $20 on it; there's no problem there, though I'll definitely need to pay it off again RIGHT AWAY once I get home.

Grumble.

The real irony? The SUV-charging card-thief... is evidently in Calgary, since that's where the duplicated card has been getting used.

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That happened with two people I know... well, the one had their debit card reproduced and $5000 was taken from their account. Took the bank about 2 weeks to sort it out. It was a gas station employee, apparently.

One of our student employees realized the day after being at a prominent restaurant in Toronto that he didn't get his Visa back from the wait staff. He called Visa and the person who had the Visa had already wracked up about $500 in purchases. This got sorted out and the card got cancelled immediately.

It sucks and it isn't fun when it happens. I'm pleased to say I've never (knock on wood) had it happen to me. Good luck getting everything sorted out.