Monthly Archives: December 2006

Renamed

For loyal readers,

Piggie has been renamed as Cutie because she hates being called Piggie. We named her Piggie because she looks round and pink. She’s more of a Cutie than Piggie actually. To me, being a Piggie is more of an endearment – she’s adorable – but she hates people call her Piggie as she associates pig with lazy, fat and stupid.

KaliKai has been renamed as CurryChicken :) even though she’s a strict vegetarian.

New Tricks Of The Trade – Credit Card

Received this fwded email:

SCENE 1. This is a new one. People sure stay busy
trying to cheat us, don’t they??
A friend went to the local gym and placed his
belongings in the locker.
After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the
locker open, and thought to himself, “Funny, I thought
I locked the locker. Hmmmmm.”
He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure
all was in order. Everything looked okay – all cards
were in place.
A few weeks later his credit card bill came – a
whooping bill of $14,000!
He called the credit card company and started yelling
at them, saying that he did not make the transactions.
Customer care personnel verified that there was no
mistake in the system and asked if his card had been
stolen.”No,” he said, but then took out his wallet,
pulled out the credit card, and yep – you guessed it -
a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card
from the same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke
into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not
report the card
missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed
to them. How much Did he have to pay for items he did
not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to
verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger
a “warning bell” with some credit card companies. It
just so happens that all the small amounts added up to
big one!

SCENE 2. A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal
with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he
signed it, and the waitress folded The receipt and
passed the credit card along.

Usually, he would just take it and place it in his
wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually
took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the
expired card of another person. He called the waitress
and she looked perplexed.

She took it back,
apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the
watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while
walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card
to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier
immediately looked down and took out the real card. No
exchange of words — nothing! She took it and came
back to the man with an apology.

Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are
yours. Check the Name on the card every time you sign
for something and/or the card is taken Away for even a
short period of time. Many people just take back the
credit card without even looking at it, “assuming”
that it has to be theirs. FOR YOUROWN SAKE, DEVELOP
THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS
RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!

SCENE 3: Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to
pick up an order that I had called in. I paid by using
my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked
directly to my checking account. The young man behind
the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it on
the counter as he waited for the approval, which is
pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked
up his cell phone and started dialing. I noticed the
phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing
seemed out of the ordinary. Then I heard a click that
sounded like my phoneSounds when I take a picture. He
then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his
hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile,
I’m thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of,
oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned
on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now
I’m paying close attention to what he is doing.
He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open.
About five seconds
later, I heard the chime that tells you that the
picture has been saved.
Now I’m standing there struggling with the fact that
this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes,
he played it off well, because had we not had the same
kind of phone, I probably would never have known what
happened. Needless to say, I immediately canceled that
card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor.

All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at
all times. Whenever you are using your credit cards,
take caution and don’t be careless.
Notice who is standing near you and what they are
doing when you use your card.
Be aware of phones because many have a camera phone
these days.

When you are in a restaurant and the waiter/waitress
brings your card and receipt for you to sign, make
sure you scratch the number off. Some restaurants are
using only the last four digits, but a lot of them are
still putting the whole thing on there. I have already
been a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it
is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even
when you are careful, but don’t make it easy for them.

Lost and found

After I had left dentist for tightening 2 teeth only (!), I walked over to Bangsar Shopping Center to buy food.

On the way to the small mall, I stopped by Amoshi – an outlet selling ladies wear. The clothes are quite affordable and nice. I was hoping they’d have sale for a lace trim top I fell in love with months ago. No such luck. Saw a really pretty exotic pink Empire cut dress with gold lace at the Empire-neckline (which is below the breast). It was only RM69! When I first saw it months ago, I thought it was gorgeous – somehow it reminded me of Keira Knightley’s dress. Now, it’s still gorgeous but I didn’t buy it.

At the mall, I took a choc milk to the cashier and couldn’t find my wallet! Oh SHIT!

I searched my bag several times, opening all compartments – NONE! :O

I told the cashier to cancel my milk first.

I walked around the supermarket, eyeing the floor and anyone suspicious. I saw a boy sitting near the escalator and he was holding something black. I squinted.. it wasn’t my wallet, just his handphone.

At the information counter, I told the Malay lady that I had lost my wallet just now and she asked me, “Mana hilang?”

“Saya tak tau.”

“Hilang di sini ke?”

“Tak pasti. Baru hilang.”

“Bila hilang?”

“Tadi saja.”

“Ade borang untuk buat report?”

She rummaged through the counter and passed a Lost Complaint Form to me. I included every details I could remember and passed back to her. I told her to call me if the wallet was returned.

She confirmed the contact number.

I asked her, “Ada contact number kalau saya jumpa balik? Boleh beritau awak.”

She wrote BSC’s number on a piece of paper and passed to me.

I left BSC and walked back to the dentist and the shops I had walked in. At Amoshi, I asked the salesgirls, “Ada jumpa wallet hitam tak?”

“Tak ada.. tadi cuma di mana fitting room?”

“Tak ada cuba,” I pointed to the selling floor, “jalan saja.”

“Oh, tak ada,” they answered together smilling.

Aghh…

I looked at the street, drain, corner of the blocks, construction workers.. I tried to remember who had walked nearby me enough to steal my wallet. I prayed that I would find my wallet back.

I *shook head* was really in bad luck mode. I’d have to report police, remake IC, Driving and insurance cards, cancel ATM card and.. the money I had withdrawn! Gone! At least the money wasn’t much.

As I was almost reaching the corner to turn in the dentist’s block, a guy ran over asking, “Are you Ms [surname]?”

“Yes!! You found-“

The Lost & Found Wallet
Please let me find my wallet! Whoever steal my wallet and money will have his/her wallet stolen hmph!

“You lost your wallet.”

:D *Sigh with relief* “Oh, thank you, thank you! You found it?”

“Yes, I was looking for you. I called Pathlab but they don’t have your number. I reported to police already.”

“Thank you! Ah, thank you! Where’s the police station?” My heart beat so fast.

“At the pondok there,” he pointed somewhere near the mall.

“Uh.”

“I’ll take you there lar.”

“No it’s ok, I’ll search for it myself. But thank you very much! I thought I had to make report already.”

What a nice guy!

“No need… Your wallet don’t have your number, couldn’t call you.”

“Yeah, after I lost it then I realised that.”

Funny, I did have my number on my handphone under ICE (In Case of Emergency) but I didn’t think of similar thing for my wallet.

We walked together to the pondok police and I asked his name. He’s working there – Bangsar, not the police station :p. I didn’t know how to thank him further, maybe offer discount if he buy clothes at the previous company where I worked?

“Later you double check your wallet. Just now I checked inside got [blah]. In case the police steal.”

“Ok.”

At the police station, he gestured me and told the police, “Ni dia punya.” I thanked him again and then he left for work.

I think I must have thanked him 4-5 times.

The 2 Malay policemen told me to sit down 1st. There was a group of Indians making a report. Later, 1 of the policemen told me to go to the back. He passed the wallet to me and I checked all the stuff inside. Nothing missing. :)

I inserted all the stuff inside my wallet and the police asked for my IC.

“Ada laporan untuk sign?”

He wrote details on a book then I signed in the collected column. He didn’t even ask me to say my IC number to him. It’s good that my IC pic looks like me then. :) But anyone who know about a lost wallet and basic description could’ve just collected my wallet since the police didn’t ask for further verification. Still, it was quite fast before I got my wallet back.

I walked back to the supermarket and finally paid the choc milk. Then I informed the Malay lady to cancel my complaint, “Dah jumpa.”

I thanked her and went upstairs, choc milk had never tasted so good. :)

The day before, I was so depressed. After this incident, I knew my life wasn’t so bad. In fact, I’m very lucky to have a lucky star (that guy). Losing my wallet was a good incident that I learnt. There’s someone looking after me from the heaven :D

Tip

For handphone – add a contact for ICE (In Case of Emergency). After this incident, I added another contact – it must start with alphabet A or number or symbol so that this contact appear first or last in your address book.

If someone find your lost handphone, at least you can make it easier for the kind person to find who to contact.

For wallet – engrave it using metal or pen that will last. Include a personal card, if possible, that contains contact number or address.

If you are super rich and into high tech, invest in a GPRS tracking device.

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