There’s always Jane Austen

7 Dec

I am Elinor Dashwood!

A couple of days ago, I logged in to my checking account to see if the rent check had gone through yet and got a special Christmas surprise: My account had a zero balance.

I frantically paged through the transactions trying to figure out how we spent all our money; in addition to the checking funds, almost all of our savings had been automatically transferred to cover the last few purchases to keep them from being overdrafted. P and I literally had $10 to our name.

After I’d scooped my stomach out of my feet and back into my torso, I took a closer look and realized that the culprit was two massive purchases from Walmart that occurred the same day…in Houston. Somebody had hijacked my card info.

The rest of the day was a blur of phone calls, paperwork, and faxes: reporting the fraud, stopping my current check card, applying for a new one, and contacting everyone I’d made pending payments to (mostly in vain…amazing how fast people can take money out of your account as opposed to put it back in). I have to give snaps to my credit union for making everything as smooth as possible. But by the end of the day, my nerves were seriously frayed. I couldn’t have a drink because I was still at work, so I went for the next best thing: a Which Austen Heroine Are You? quiz.

As you can see from my button, I am Elinor from Sense & Sensibility. Although I can kind of see it, I’m pretty sure I just got that result because I said I like Emma Thompson. But it was fun thinking about manor estates and country balls and people who have never heard of check cards.

So during this shopping season, please take extra care with your sensitive information, and if the worst happens, take the Jane Austen Character Quiz here.

 

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