I know I normally do "Nibbles and Narratives" today but I just have to tell you about yesterday... it was crazy!
We went to adopt a cat because I have done a ton of research about how to control my allergies so my love of cats can be a reality again instead of just cooing at photos or pressing my nose against the window like a kid at a Christmas display. After several visits to different locations, I found her. They have her named as Sarah but when she comes home, she'll be Claudia Jean - C.J. for short. She's beautiful and it was love at first sight. Cuddles and kiss and mountains of purring later, I had filled out all the necessary paperwork but the adoption location didn't email me the contract, whatever that might be, and so I'm waiting to hear back this morning. I don't understand why some of these places believe that they have the right to tell me what I can or can't to do with her after she is mine - not that I plan on doing anything cruel but you should read some of the stipulations they set out... but I digress.
So after coming home from the high that is finding my perfect feline friend, we get slapped in the face. Oh yes, it was that harsh - someone stole my identity and debit card information then proceeded to purchase two identical laptops from Best Buy via their website. I immediately contact my bank and have the card cancelled... they get me all set and promised to return the funds within 12 hours. I was pleased with their efficiency... but I don't stop there. I call Best Buy customer service center and explain the situation.
At first, they wanted order numbers - which I obviously don't have - so when they stopped to actually listen to what I was saying, they were very helpful as well. They looked the transaction up by my debit card number and found the orders, which totaled almost $1,000. Then they contacted the store because the thief was going to pick them up.. in a local store! The representative was able to cancel one but not the other, which is fine because doofus will attempt to retrieve his booty only be arrested. That's right, arrested.
I contacted the police department who then worked diligently to set up with the store so that when this scumbag comes in, they stall him by writing down all his information from his driver's license while the police show up to take him down. This isn't some petty theft either - it's a federal offense and he will be charged with something like 4 counts, 2 federal, for each laptop... so that's 8 counts total, including such things as fraud, identity theft, grand larceny... oh yeah, if I can't afford to get myself a new computer then this unintelligent rectal opening is not going to get one at my expense!!
So that's been my past 18 hours - hopefully tomorrow I will have some photos of C.J. to share with y'all because my weekend plans will be to hang out with her and watch a little West Wing. Something a little less exciting is exactly what is in need right now.