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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina


    For over 30 years we have had a little cottage at the beach. It only 1100 square feet and sits back 3 blocks so we barely have a view of the ocean.

    We have been going down there for all of those thirty years as frequently as we can while renting the cottage as much as possible to pay the taxes.

    Over the years we have noticed a change in the work force. In years past the summer work force at the restaurants, retail stores and even lifeguards had been American college kids. But in the last few years American college kids have become too sorry and too lazy to take these beach jobs. As a result the restaurants and grocery stores have had to import help from Europe. These well educated clean cut college kids from Eastern Europe filled all the jobs in the restaurants and stores. We always admired their initiative to come to the U.S. to work to pay for their education. We also lamented at how worthless Americans have become. In the news we hear about high unemployment but apparently there are some jobs that Americans are now too good ((or too sorry) to do. Clerking in stores and serving in restaurants is beneath Americans in resort areas despite the fact that the jobs pay much more than the minimum wage and the tips are good.

    Our usual practice is to go to breakfast the morning after we arrive because we have no food in the house and we don't like to haul it down there. After breakfast we go to the grocery store and fish markets to stock up for the week. We don't eat out many times while we are there but buy fresh seafood and cook it ourselves.

    Yesterday we received our credit card bill and on it were the charges for the beach. Also there were dozens of Skype charges. I have never Skyped, I did not even fully understand what Skype was.

    We reported these charges to our credit card company to have them removed and after a few minutes of investigation they told us there were hundreds of charges pending. And guess when all this Skype communication began- less than 2 hours after we first used our credit card at the beach. And I will give you 2 guesses where all these Skype communications went- Eastern European countries. According to the credit card representative the fraudulent use of credit card numbers is rampant in resort areas where European labor is being imported. The credit card company cancelled our cards and will be reissuing new ones.

    I don't know which is more disappointing; that American kids are too sorry to work or that the Eastern European kids ripped us off and who knows how many others. Of course I didn't have to pay for the fraudulent charges but someone loses money in the bargain and we all end up paying somehow. The credit card company has to deal with all of these fraudulent charges and that costs them money. We all pay for this activity in the increased cost of doing business. We will be using cash from now on to buy at the beach.

    And to think I tipped these kids generously because I felt like I was helping them get money for their education....
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    It's a darn shame just how far we have fallen as a society Mike. I have noticed this going on for years. (I live year round in a "resort" area) I have seen too many of "our" children view those jobs as menial, then make fun of the kids that come here from Europe, both eastern and western. Lot's of Irish kids used to come here to work for the summer. And loads of Brazilians, which have pretty much taken over many of the trades here. These kids are going to college with the expectation that they will graduate and be handed a new bmw and a six figure job without any foundation of a work ethic or a clue of how to earn their way there.
    The credit card fraud is rampant, and now they don't even need your card to get the info. They have pocket sized readers that all they need to do is basically walk down the street and it will read the magnetic strips on every card it gets within so many feet of. All your information in one nice neat little chip. Those kids that waited on you, there is a good chance they had nothing to do with it. It could have been someone standing right outside the restaurant that grabbed yours as soon as you walked by.....
    The credit card companies know this and are having a nightmare trying to stop it.....

  3. #3
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    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    This is an emotional topic for some people, so lets please keep it within the CoC please.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    This is an emotional topic for some people, so lets please keep it within the CoC please.
    Yes, please do.
    I have thoughts that are not CoC I want to post but resisted.
    'scuse me while I go explode.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    One thing you want to keep in mind when using cards.

    Credit cards are safer to use in those situations because (And I'm sure I'm simplifying this) no real cash is changing hands. The merchants and CC company have agreements on how those things should be handled.

    If you use a debit card and they pull your money out, it's a completely different deal. You cash is gone and the bank has 2 weeks to decide how much and whether or not to believe you on if you or someone else took the money.

    Here's a link to Clark Howard who does a much better job of explaining it than I can. Debit Card Danger.

    The gist of it is it's 'probably' ok to use your debit cards at the ATM, but using it like a credit card opens you up to some significant risk.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    here is how they get your credit card info. basically for about 8 bucks you can have a field day gathering cc info.....

    Adam Savage from Mythbusters was issued a gag order from the industry and the federal government not to divulge how easy it is to get this info and the off the shelf tech that is used to get it.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    It may just be thats its easier for criminals from that part of the world to hide where there are more of their countrymen working here.
    Like all criminal enterprises, someone figured out how to blend in and steal at the same time.

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