Beware of Visa Charges

24 November 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

         I was going to entitle this blog “Raped Again” but hindsight told me that may be too strong for a title but I still felt like I was raped. Here is what happened. On Saturday my spouse and I talked about Christmas presents for the Family. Now our Blended Family has exploded. We have 5 children and 8 grandkids. We used to have a big Christmas dinner the week before Christmas where we had stockings for all the kids and of course gifts under the tree. Between the space the gifts took, the time in wrapping, the clean up afterwards and the lack of quality time with everyone, we decided it is time to pare down and organize the event differently. We decided to have a secret Santa for the adults as couples. We did not want to rob the grandkids of their special event so we are maintaining small gifts for them mainly clothes. Because it is getting more expensive and harder to buy for the kids, we decided on having gift certificates as well for the kids. We decided to buy prepaid Visa cards where the kids go buy whatever is important to them wherever they wanted.

      Yesterday we went to Shoppers Drug Mart and we were overwhelmed by the cards we could buy. We finally found what we were looking for. We get to the cash register and decided to put the gift cards on a separate receipt. The clerk starts to enter the purchase and we realize there is a charge for each card to activate them. At that point we are in a lineup of course so we said to the clerk to continue ringing the bill up. We paid for the bill and we got back to our vehicle bewildered with the extra cost which we did not expect. Later at home, I was still steaming over the extra cost for these cards and started running the numbers in my head and then realized that not only did we pay a fee for activation but we had HST tagged on as well. Unbelievable!

    Now I hate credit cards with a passion at the best of times. To me credit cards are legalized loan sharking, with theirs interest rates as high as 29.99%. Now they get are money ahead of time ((prepaid) at least 1 month or 2, maybe more before the card is used and still charge a fee. Now to be fair I am not sure if the fee is for the credit card company or the store where it is sold. I still see it as a disguised way for companies to get more money and increase their profits while the little guy gets taken advantage of. I don’t like it and feel “raped” AGAIN.

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10 November 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

         I am so tired of receiving resumes from someone for somebody else. The worst abusers are Mothers, wifes and girlfriends. I know they are trying to help but please understand the technology. Emails are received and stored under the name of the email received not the attached resume. Some of you call and I cannot track down your resume. To be effective, the email address should be the same as the name on the resume. Very simple, right! You cannot be seen, found, recognized or remembered if everything is not in your name. If you are looking for work and want a response don’t get lost in cyberspace because your ( secretary ) does all the work for you. We will be offering a job to your ( secretary ) instead of you because you don’t exist.

      True story: 2 weeks ago I called a gentleman for a particular job I was trying to fill. I opened the conversation with “I have a copy of your resume”. The reply was “I am not looking for a job”. “I am very happy where I am at. My wife must be sending my resume out. I’ll have to talk to her”. How embarrassing for both parties. Moral of the story: Know what your secretary is doing.

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Land Lines

09 November 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

     Land Lines that were common to every household are slowly disappearing. Many households have cancelled their land lines for cell phones. Not sure that is a good idea. I can understand the cost savings but is it worth it? It used to be land lines or house phones were for family to call, in other words they were personal calls usually during the hours that you were not working so you could chat at leisure. Now cell phones rob you of any privacy. You get calls while you drive, in important meetings, in the bathroom, while eating, at anytime and anywhere. Most people do not manage their voicemail or their cell phones. Either you cannot reach them or cannot leave a message. If you leave a message they do not listen to the message or don’t call you back. It is just a free for all and it is getting more and more frustrating. Instead of phones allowing people to communicate more frequently they are alienating people and discouraging them to call. The cell phone has become a dreaded tool for both Business and in personal lives.

     Returning to my original subject of Land Lines, my frustration is as a grandparent. You cannot call your grandkids and keep in touch with the absence of Land Lines. You cannot call them on their Birthdays, after school to check on them or see how their day at school was. In an age of modern communications it is more difficult than ever to keep in touch. Try calling your grandchild and these are some of the comments you get:

  • I am in the bathroom, can you call back
  • I had to stay late at work so I am not home
  • I am in the garage and the kids are in the house
  • I am in a store and the kids are not with me
  • I am home but the kids are gone with their Dad, call him
  • I am walking the dog and the kids are at the house
  • I am jogging, call their Mom
  • Sorry this is Mary I borrowed your daughter’s phone
  • Sorry it took so long to call back I could not find my cell phone in the house
  • Sorry my phone died 2 days ago
  • Sorry I left my phone in the car over night


    It used to be kids fought to answer the house phone. They would actually race to the phone. Cell phones are everywhere and at times nowhere. Also when you called your grandkids you usually got at least one of them. Yes, yes, yes I know some household have multiple cell phones but who do you call. I surely do not want to call 5 or 6 numbers to track down and talk to one person. Who do I call my daughter, her husband or the kids Johnny, Jena, Fred. I am so confused and frustrated with phones. Bring back the Land Lines. Please.

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