Tag Archive for 'annoyed'

Oh the joys of fraud

I got an email yesterday, right before Heroes was about to come on about a paypal transaction for eBay fees. I thought that it must be a normal phishing email, but went up to my comp to be able to login to paypal just to be sure. Low and behold, there was indeed a transfer sitting there for over 1300 dollars in eBay fees. I found this very disturbing as I haven’t sold anything on eBay since last July. I start with calling paypal, and was told, there is nothing they can do, and that I should call ebay, but they didn’t have a number etc, so I ask for their supervisor. After another 20 minutes of holding, I get a supervisor on the line, and they tell me that I would need to call eBay. Apparently in that 20 minutes, eBay started a phone bank as the supervisor had a number for me to call. At this point, I am 45 minutes in on my phone calling experience, so I tell the paypal guy that I am going to call eBay on 3 way calling, so that we can get this all worked out, as it seems to be an issue between eBay and paypal. I have to admit, I was kind of surprised they agreed to this, but was glad they did.

We get an eBay rep on the phone, and they say that they see I have made no charges, and eBay did not request any fees. One would thing, as eBay and paypal are owned by the same parent company that this would be sufficient to get this cleared up. The paypal guy essentially was not listening to the eBay rep, and kept saying that it seems like it hasn’t shown up in their records yet. I was told to dispute the fee on the paypal site, and they would investigate. I ask some information on how the process works, as I was about to call my bank and i was told that I needed to let Paypal deal with it first, and I kindly disagreed and said that I would be placing a hold with my bank to prevent any funds from being withdrawn. I figure once the money leaves by account, chances of getting it back are rather slim.

I call my bank and get a hold placed on any withdrawals from my account, and then proceed to call back eBay without Paypal on the line, just to check on some things. I speak to a rep and then to an ebay fraud specialist, as I figure having eBay working on this with Paypal might help to get it resolved in a more expedient fashion, so that I can unfreeze my bank account as soon as possible. As for now, I am in a waiting game for the most part which pisses me off even more. I hate that Paypal is becoming a necessary evil for online commerce for many places, or after this, I would close my account in a heartbeat.

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It always seems to be raining on my parade

I finally got in the highway bars for Quinn yesterday, and got them installed today during my lunch. I also had time to get one of the highway pegs installed. I installed the other one once I got home, and right before it started to rain. I didn’t get to do a test ride to see if the pegs are in the right position, and now the forecast is for rain the rest of the week. So far, my luck has not been good whenever I install new parts onto the bike. It is by no way the end of the world, just an annoying coincidence that just doesn’t seem to go away.

I need to plan out some weekend trips to take this year on the bike. I am not sure where I want to go yet, but it will probably end up being trips to visit some members of the fleet. I am sure that would equate to some epic memories that would not soon be forgotten. I still haven’t done any solo trips and I think that it would be a great experience. After I get moved and settled, I really need to look into figuring out when some of these trips might be able to happen.

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Oh to wake up at 4:30 for no reason

As the title says, I woke up at 4:30 on the dot today, and had no ability to go back to sleep. I hate waking up like this. At least it isn’t as bad as waking up about 5 minutes before the alarm is going to go off. At least I guess this now allows me to post an update, as it is really too early to start getting ready for work.

It is supposed to get up to 60 degrees today. It looks like riding the bike into work will be happening. Tomorrow, it is supposed to get to almost 70 degrees. I am not really sure where I will be riding to, but I intend to get out on the bike and head somewhere.

I have come to the realization that the more I watch and follow the news, politics etc, the angrier it makes me. I see all of these news stories on a variety of topics and I just hate seeing the stupidity that is rampant all around. For example, just now on the news they were talking about the USS Cole bombing trial being stopped and the charges dismissed. They just had the Commander of the Cole on when it was bombed. 17 dead, and 37 wounded that day. The govt knows who it was, and was in the process of the military trial, and now all of the 8 years or process that have happened are for nothing.

Another story is that anyone who gets arrested for anything having to give DNA. Now this is very interesting to me. This is essentially the start of an Orwellian future. I am all for criminals getting caught and justice served for their crime, but the way that this is being presented, if you are arrested for anything, you would have to give DNA. We live in a society of innocent until proven guilty, and this would change that system to one of innocent, but possibly guilty in the future. It reminds me of Minority Report. Now if the sample was taken after a conviction, then I would be fine with that.

These are just examples from this mornings news. There are so many more that I come across throughout the day, and it just pisses me off. This “Stimulus aka Lets waste money on everything that we can possibly think of and say it is a dire emergency if it isnt passed now” is the worst. If you go through and read all of the crap that is in this, then you pretty much have to agree that quite a bit of it is not meant to stimulate the economy in any way. Some prime examples can be seen in this article from the WSJ. Here is the start of the article.

Las Vegas, which by some accounts already glitters, wants $2 million for neon signs.

Boynton Beach, Fla., is looking for $4.5 million for an “eco park” featuring butterfly gardens and gopher tortoises.

And Chula Vista, Calif., would like $500,000 to create a place for dogs to run off the leash.

See what I mean? The other guise on this is that many of these will create jobs. Ok, sure, they will create jobs for the 6 months to a year it takes to build this stuff, and then those same jobs go away when the construction is done. I wonder if those of you who live in DC have a constant smell of bacon in the air with all of the pork that is being thrown around up there.

This all seems to be the start of a very socialist type system. This video clip from the Glenn Beck show has a clip in it of a lawmaker who slips and says the words moving towards socializing things, and then stops in mid-sentence when she realized that she was saying it out loud. Watch at 4:45 in. The California democrat says it out loud, and then stumbles to try and recover, by saying that she thinks that the government should be running all of the businesses.

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