Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year...It's a Small World!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's Eve this year. We went out to eat with some friends and were home early since TJ had to work at the fire station New Year's Day. We ate at a Japanese steakhouse in Waterloo, and the chef was the best we've ever experienced.

TJ stopped at a gas station to get something to drink this morning, and his debit card pin number would not work. On closer inspection, he realized the debit card had someone else's name on it! The restaurant had given him the debit card of the strangers seated next to us at the hibachi grill! We remembered that the guy next to TJ was Jake, which was a variation of name on the card.

I used dexknows people search to find Jake's phone number, and talked to Jake's grandmother. I don't know if he lived there or just had the same name as his grandfather. I tried to explain the situation, but I could tell she either didn't believe me or didn't understand the situation. TJ was at the fire station by this time, so he called police dispatch to see if they could help locate Jake. Firefighters work pretty closely with dispatch because they handle all 911 calls, so he was hoped they would help. This is where it gets weird. The dispatch operator recognized Jake's name. Coincidentally, Jake's mother is also a dispatch operator! How lucky is that! Jake came to the fire station to switch out the cards. Luckily, neither one of us had used each other's cards. We'll keep an eye on our account just in case, but it looks like everything is going to be okay.

I also called the steakhouse to explain what happened so they might avoid that problem in the future. The owner was horrified and is taking the situation seriously. We are very fortunate that this situation turned out the way it did, but it's a good reminder to ensure you receive the correct card back at restaurants and similar places. 

1 comment:

  1. It's always interesting at the Schaffer's...We're glad all is okay and that you still have money in your bank account :)