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Apr. 13th, 2013

01:17 pm - Well that was fun

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Get cash from machine, put card in wallet, cross street, walk 20m, check bag, wallet missing.

Go back, check ground, money machine, ask collectors standing there, ask in shops. Nope. Gone.

Call bank, block cards, arrange new cards to be sent urgently which will hopefully arrive before flying out to the US on Wednesday. Arrange alternative plan for accessing money and paying for hotel/expenses if that falls through. Borrow $100 off Dr Wheel.

Go to AA, cancel driver license. Go to police station to report theft. Wallet has been handed in. Found 2 streets over with nothing missing. All I can think is that whoever nicked it wanted cash and the ID of someone who doesn't look like a soccer Mum in their license photo. Oddly, they didn't want my union card either.

Unfortunately I can't unblock any of my other cards so I'm still without plastic of any kind* till they arrive. But my identity still belongs to me so that's cool.

* In NZ, PoS is a big thing. I use cash if I can, but without my card I can't get at it. I am weirded out by the prospect of going to the bank on Monday to try and get some US dollars (or even some NZ ones) without any of my usual cards.

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From:rivet
Date:April 13th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
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Gah! How frustrating >:/
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From:ecosopher
Date:April 13th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
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Oh,poo.
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From:richdrich
Date:April 13th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
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They're usually happy to give you (at least NZD) cash against a drivers license at bank counters. Maybe take a passport as well.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 13th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
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Good call, I'll do that. ;-)
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From:didotwite
Date:April 13th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)

Yeah

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ID and you can cash a check or make a withdrawal at the actual bank counter.

But that sucks for travel. Any way they can issue a card at one of their branches before you go?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 13th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)

Re: Yeah

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I can get a travel debit card if my new one doesn't turn up in time. I just bung money on that and it acts just like a normal one - so it's not a huge deal, just means I have to calculate in advance how much money I expect to need.
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From:pombagira
Date:April 13th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
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O.O gosh.... but yay for getting it back..


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From:brynhilda
Date:April 13th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
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OMG, what a nightmare!! At least you got back your wallet.

Mine was stolen many years ago. Two years later I got back my ID. Someone found it deep in the woods...ohmy...hahaha...that was quite scary.
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From:meathiel
Date:April 13th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Ugh ... scary. At least you got your wallet back. Hope it'll work out with the money/cards.
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From:helianthas
Date:April 13th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
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What is PoS? </p>

If you need cash while in Oakland call me. I'll PM you my #

Also, when do you get in? Need a ride from the airport?

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From:tatjna
Date:April 13th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
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PoS is point of sale - computerised transactions in shops where you swipe your eftpos card and put in a pin to pay for something instead of using cash or credit, and it debits it straight from your bank account. You can also use the card to get cash at atm machines.

Most countries use this, I think, but NZ was one of the places where it was introduced early for testing*, and pretty much all shops have it, even casual or temporary ones. Kiwis are often surprised by how much less available it is overseas.

* This happens to us a lot with social experiments and new types of tech - because we're a western nation with a small population, companies try it out on us first to see how it might work in larger countries without taking the big financial risk of rolling it out to, say, the US.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:April 13th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh crap :( At least you did get it back, with everything intact, but that's some very bad timing =/

I would struggle to do anything without my cards as well. I suppose it must still be possible to get money out of the bank without one, but I'm not entirely sure how one goes about it.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 13th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Someone up thread said to turn up with a passport, and answer all those questions you set up when you make the accounts about your mother's maiden name and your first pet and whatnot. I'll give that a go tomorrow, but worst case scenario I have some cash that Dr Wheel left me (he's away too), and I can stack some onto a new travel debit card thingy to pay for expenses in the US.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 15th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Me too, thanks! I was surprised that not even my stored-value bus card was missing - they must have only wanted cash.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:April 14th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
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ugh, that's awful. i can't remember which evening we'd thought about hanging out for dinner now! of course some of my family is also visiting so that's hilarious. go timing! thursday i have to teach nosework here in oakland, saturday i'm pretty sure i'm bound to family dinner, but wed and friday are free, and if you're down with an 8pm dinner, we can do thursday. just let me know. during the day i'll likely be out and about with baby/family i suppose. i'll email you my phone #, txt/call/email all easy for me to get to quickly though txt/email is fastest in case i'm busy doing baby related stuffs. so excited to see you!! yay!!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 14th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Right then. I have Thursday free at this point, and I'm totally fine with an 8pm dinner, or any other thing you'd like to do. Mostly it's about catching up with you, and I'm happy to work around your schedule.

I'll grab your number and give you a text as soon as I can communicate!

;-)
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:April 14th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh jeez... what a saga!
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