June 20th, 2005

女暗部 - bewilderment / distress

Well fuck.


Sigmund and I just went to the store to buy some groceries, and when I tried to pay for them, my card was rejected. I had checked the balance before leaving home, so I know I had money on the account. Thankfully Sigmund had some cash on him, but we still had to put back a few items. How could my bank betray me like that? It was humiliating.

So I come back and see the email telling me my card has been stopped because an (unnamed) vendor in the US has had a breach of security and my credit card info may have been compromised. Then they recommend that I order a new card.

That doesn't really help me, seeing as I don't qualify - to get a Visa card from my bank, one has to have an annual income of more than I do, or 15000 on one's account. I had that much at the time I got the card, but needless to say, I don't have that kind of money now. Nowhere near it.

So, anyone got 15000 NOK to lend me for a few days so I can apply for a new card?

This is so painful. I feel like I've been demoted. I can't buy stuff online anymore. I can't access my own money anymore.. well, I could wire money to other accounts elsewhere, but..

I'd call their customer support, but I'm crying, and will likely get worse if I have to talk to strangers.
Shizune - お茶大好き

My faith is restored.


So I created a new account (have multiple controlled under the same login), and checked on the checkbox for ordering a visa card with it, and.. it approved me. I'll have the card in a week.

Maybe they added an auto-approve flag to me since none of this was my fault.
I didn't have to call. ^__^

Good thing I have a meeting with my aetat contact person tomorrow.. I'll give him my new account number then, so he can change which account my money goes to.

Now the main issue is how to pay Hjem-is (the ice cream van) - last time it was here, I bought lots, but the lines were down so I wasn't able to use my card as a a debit card.. had to use it as a visa card, and they haven't charged me yet. Well, now they won't be able to.. ^_^;

I'd suspect that incident to be the problem.. I felt really uneasy about signing and giving over that number at the back of the card, but it was the same guy who's been selling me ice cream for at least two years, somehow I doubt he suddenly started scamming people. I'm one of his best customers, and always polite too.

So relieved. Sigmund and I are going to make apple cake to celebrate now. And then we'll watch more episodes of House.