A few years ago, someone stole my credit card number and went on a shopping spree in Montreal. The bank deleted the charges. I went on with my life. But I thought something similar was happening over the weekend.
Like the rest of the province, we went to a couple of garden centre-type stores. Finally, we can plant some flowers. We also needed grass seeds and a lawnmower. When I attempted to make a credit card purchase at Home Depot, the little machine refused. It read “too many incorrect PIN attempts” without even asking for my PIN. Strange. I know my PIN. It wasn’t me who put the wrong one in. I tried again and got the same result. I like to use the card and pay it off right away. It gives me cash back! But I paid by debit.
I called the credit card issuer and asked if perhaps someone was trying to use my card and that’s where the incorrect PINs were getting racked up. However, she reminded me that they’d have to have my physical card in order to do that, and it’s always with me. Regardless, I was advised to go to an ATM within 72 hours to reset my PIN.
Then it occurred to Derek that the problem was probably with the debit machine. Nothing else made any sense. For some unknown reason, the little gremlins inside the machine were throwing a tantrum. What a pain in the tuchus! Ain’t technology great? So, the next time you see someone making a major purchase at Home Depot by counting out nickels from a paper sack, please say Hi – it will be me!