Buying Things

Back Angus cows on Route 18 near Lake Ontario

There was something funny about that Sunoco station we stopped at on our way home from Niagara Falls. We were right in the upper left hand corner of the state, about to turn right on Route 18 and we got off 190 to get some gas. There were only two pumps and cars were parked in front of both of them. We almost left and then one car drove away. Peggi went inside to see if they had a bathroom while I pumped the gas. I noticed she came out real fast and then went in the pizzeria next door. She was in there the longest time and I was ready to take a leak out back except there was a cottage right there on the lake.

Another woman came out of the pizzaria and then finally Peggi. She told me there was a sign on the bathroom door that read “out of order” but she used it. As I opened the door two suspicious looking guys came out. There were only suspicious looking because they looked at me strangely. Was there an additional plastic credit card holder in the slot on the pump? When I look back I think there was. A clumsy black framework of some sort.

We got a call yesterday from the bank about three large charges put on our card in Detroit. Pier One, Williams Sonoma and the Hyatt for six thousand dollars. This is maybe the fourth time our card has been compromised and it is a pain in the ass to set up a new one everywhere. There has to be a better way to buy things.

4 Responses to “Buying Things”

  1. stephen hoy Says:

    I’m not much into plastic, but if I use a card I always look closely at the slot and check for those cheater gizmos that rip off your card info. I also have a card with an intentionally small limit for common purchases. I have been a victim of the same thing when some of my cards were stolen from my house. PITA

  2. Louise Says:

    Yes, I agree with Stephen, if you have a card with a small balance, no one can run it up! I have had a $700 limit on one for 17 years. I hope the bank gives you your money back; otherwise you had better check into the Hyatt for a long vacation….

  3. Martin Edic Says:

    I assume you turned the place in?

  4. John G Gilmore Says:

    Where did you get that shot of the cattle ? There is a whole heard of the one with the white saddle . The whole heard has the the one white saddle. None of them are all black , like the rest . When you look out at them it is all black and white. This is an anomaly , from what I have seen . Oh , by the way , the heard is located in Livingston County , or at least that is the only place I have ever seen them. The owner seems to move then from one pasture to another , spending a week at a time at one pasture before moving on. It’s a mystery.

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