dubious

Jove weighs affairs of earth in dubious scales,
And the good suffers while the bad prevails.

Homer,
The Odyssey, Book VI, line 229. Pope’s translation


(a problematic flock of geese, Mackinaw City / Julie Cook / 2017)

Last night, as I was fast asleep,
with sleep being a relative term at this stage of age in my life,
my credit card mysteriously crawled out of my wallet and teleported itself
miraculously to Europe…
And of course with a few jaunts back and forth between the US, the UK and greater
Europe…all for good measure and long before I ever woke up.

It even made a stop in Luxembourg—

I’ve always wanted to visit Luxembourg.
I’m so glad one of us has gotten to go.

I discovered this near mythical adventure upon getting up this morning.

Bleary eyed from my usual tossing and turning, I stumbled into the kitchen to
start the coffee.
I picked up my phone and noticed a copious amount of messages regarding my
credit card.

Huh?

Rubbing my eyes and adjusting my glasses I grabbed my computer and pulled up
my email.

Sure enough…24 messages reporting suspicious activity on my card with
purchase after purchase being declined,
thank goodness…

A dollar here, a pound there and even a euro or two …
all of which was a dead trigger…

But then it became bold and went onwards and upward of $300 bucks to such places
as Domino’s pizza somewhere in Austria, some sort of FaceBook virtual store in Germany, nintendo of Europe, netflix somewhere in the UK….

As it seems as if my credit card was having a mid-life crisis and was attempting to
live someone’s youthful abandon all on another continent…
or perhaps in reality it was something more inline with sorry wonton
wastefulness….

I’ve ridden this merry go round before—seems like I just wrote a similar post..
but that was my debit card—this is now my credit card…
so we are officially 2 for 2.

And no, I don’t buy a lot nor do I order all that much on-line….

I called the nice folks at the credit card company.
She ran me through the gauntlet of security before I delivered my
tale of woe. And from her end, she could see just how busy my card had
been in its jet set ways.

She verified my last purchase—three books from Amazon…hummm I now wonder…
Next it was to all the latest 24 bizarre or so “traveling” purchases,
all of which had been declined, and were now seen for what they truly were—
stealing.

She canceled the card and has issued me a new one which will be arriving
post haste.

After we hung up, I continued receiving notifications that whomever was
out there playing me, hadn’t given up yet…
I don’t know, maybe it would take 30 tries before this idiot figured
declined meant declined.

For good measure I called the credit card company back letting them know I
was still receiving their fraud notifications—
of which they told me not to fret–
the card was no more and the notifications would stop when our rocket scientist
friend figured such out…as he, she, it would then most likely move on to the
next stolen card number…

In all the gallows humor here, there is a seriousness that really leaves me
angry because I loath those who steal…
particularly information, numbers and identities…
because if the truth be told, all of that is really lazy man stealing.

Sit on your arse as it were, hiding behind a computer screen,
trolling and taking….

Nice and neat, or so it would all appear.
No one is physically hurt.
Or so our arse sitting thieves would assume.

What’s a little free Dominos pizza somewhere in Austria or
some Facebook virtual-store crap in Luxembourg??
Or things I don’t even know of in New York???

So before I had even had my first sip of morning coffee, I was mad.

Like you, I try to live life as I would expect others to live theirs…
work, earn, pay….

But life is not easy like that.
Not everyone buys into doing the right things in life.

There are bad people, lazy people, violent people, bad lazy people,
bad lazy violent people…
People who would only sneer at my desire that we all do what is right
by one another.
Think psychopaths, think gangs, think MS13…

As in there are dubious and nefarious individuals who do not consider life
to be a gift, who do not hold love nor honor in their hearts and
who prefer only to serve a darker and more sinister side of life.

And as we now que those out there who will sing the song of lamentation
that this behavior is due to a poor childhood, a less fortunate history,
a lack of this or that, an unbroken cycle…….

The bottom line is choice.

A choice to do what is right and decent
or
a choice to do what is wrong and bad.

And it is those more sinister and heartless out there who scare me.

They scare me because they remind me that darkness continues to walk this earth.
That there is indeed a deep spiritual battle that rages all around us—
whether we are awake or asleep…it rages.

For despite my best efforts at keeping my little world nice and neat,
tidy and safe…
Satan and those who do his work, are busy.

We either choose to serve Light or we choose to serve darkness
It’s as simple as that.

Others would disagree.
There will be excuses…
There are things like victimhood…
and cycles, and disadvantage…
but in the end…
none of that matters because when we choose one over the other…
that choice is on us and us alone.

For no one is telling us which to choose…for the choice,
despite our circumstances is still up to us….
so perhaps then such poor choosing just makes us all victims does it not..?

A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 6:12-19

30 comments on “dubious

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    So glad it was declined. I’ve had nightmares about such things happening to me. I have visions of Peggy in Russia running rampant with my identification. Who knows what she might accomplish. It might even lead to an investigation into my ties with Russia. The world is filled with evil!

  2. Wally Fry says:

    Good thing your CC company is on top of things.

  3. Lynda says:

    Been there twice. It’s a real pain to have to notify all the companies that take payment from the credit card that has been compromised. I wonder if the people who perpetrate such crimes really consider the impact on others. Glad that all will be well – once you receive your new card!

    • No Lynda, I don’t think they do.
      As I say, it is a crime of convenience and really laziness as all they do is troll and take and then spend all without getting up out of a chair or couch…..
      There is a very selfish component involved–and in that selfishness, there is no considering how the crime might impact others—and there are those who don’t care as they rationalize that whomever has it coming, or can afford it, or won’t miss it or just a blatant who care attitude of complete self absorption—
      I got another notice this morning that it was attempted in Great Britain….seems we have a slow learner on our hands…..

  4. Elihu says:

    Wow. How distressing! I hate it when stuff like that happens. I’ve only had it a couple times, but each time it’s such a headache. I’m really sorry it happened to you. 😦

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Kind of interesting this happens just after you came back from a trip. My guess is that someone sold your credit card number to multiple people.

    • I’ve thought about that… Avis was the only place I used my card in that tiny airport in Pellston, Michigan and then a fudge shop on Mackinac then there was Amazon, and a restaurant I took my son and daughter-n-law to for lunch in Atlanta two weeks ago– that’s it — today I still got a declined notice from Dublin– one of my favorite places–still making the rounds.
      I do have a security freeze on my financial info so that is a bit reassuring–
      Just makes me mad 😡

  6. Sarah says:

    I’m glad your credit card people are on the ball. They must have to deal with a lot of that sort of thing these days.

  7. David says:

    After a week in the US mine got blocked/declined in Florida on Sunday, perhaps because Marilyn was using her card at the same time in the UK. I managed to get it unblocked, but I was surprised that MasterCard waited a week to block the card if they were concerned.

    • Well I hope we have no problems during the trip — I’ve alerted the company we’ll be in the road !
      Glad you made it home!

      • David says:

        I phoned the credit card company although it only took a text message to unblock it. I was a bit annoyed but realise they were only doing their job.

      • I agree David…I get annoyed and frustrated as our lives are temporarily interrupted… and yet at the same time I am thankful for the “protection” and security measures…but what makes me mad is the fact that there are so many out there who do nothing all day but troll to steal, then sell what they steal so others may steal—an on going cycle of thievery….

      • David says:

        It is truly awful Julie. We have only had one card cloning incident but my parents were targeted by telephone. We stopped in time but they were very persuasive and Dad thought they were genuine.

      • Dad would get calls that it was the IRS and they were suing him if he didn’t immediately pay some exorbitant fee–the IRS does not call nor threaten– and I assured him we were paid in full and that was all a scam and thankfully he hung up — it burns me up these lies!

      • David says:

        And me. These people need locking up forever.

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