Sep 13, 2006
Losing (My) Sh*t
Someone hijacked my eBay/PayPal accounts back in March, so I had to get new checking accounts which of course meant I had to change all my direct drafts (like the one at Nationwide auto insurance).
THEN someone swiped my camera and wallet and checkbook in August so I had to do it all again! Well at least the second time I had the benefit of experience, right? So... back to Nationwide.
Visit 1: I brought my debit card thinking that was enough. Nope. Need my checkbook.
Visit 2: Got there late.
Visit 3: Got there on time. Forgot checkbook at home. D'oh.
Home: Got to my desk and remembered that earlier that morning I had increased efficiency and reduced risk of loss by voiding a check, tearing it out of the checkbook, and putting it into my wallet so I wouldn't have to carry my checkbook with me. Ensuant: giddy stupid laughter.
Visit 4: Back to Nationwide. Gave check to agent who pulled up my account and then got a strange look. The check I brought had the same account number as the one already in her computer. Huhn? Had I brought a check from the wrong checkbook -- the one that had just been closed? No. Turns out that the bank had already adjusted for the direct draft (through a complicated set of circumstances I sort of recall but won't detail here). Oh for pity's sake. More ill laughter.
Before I left, the concerned agent said "Take it easy this afternoon. Don't try to do too much." I took her advice.
imaged of Ryan Lowe's new instructional video yoinked from ElmwoodMagic.com.