Thursday, April 26, 2007

Proof that I am an airhead....

Wednesday was Administrative Assistant's Day. Since my boss has been in and out of the office for the last few months, I took it upon myself on Tuesday to email the staff and ask what we would like to do for our assistant. We took our tasks and it was my responsibility to pick up a card for all of us to sign. Good enough!

After work, I headed over to Target to pick up some items and the card. I couldn't find my ATM card anywhere, I had no cash and had left my credit cards at home (an attempt to curtail my spending which now, given my current situation, supports my original belief
that a girl and her credit card should never be parted...). I then remembered that I had left my ATM card in the pocket of my jeans on Sunday. I also remembered that I had washed AND dried said jeans on Monday. Oh great! So, I left Target empty-handed and went to work out. After I got home I headed to the bedroom and that pile of clothing that I had just washed. There, still in the pocket, was my ATM card....curled up and slightly burnt (I dry my jeans on high heat) on the edges. It reminded me of a Shrinky Dink. The spender in me was thinking, "Nah, it's still good...maybe I can heat it again and flatten it out" After coming up with a half dozen ways to "McGuyver" my card, I opted to just order a new one.

I now had the task of dialing the dreaded 1-800 number to cancel the card and order a new one. After I had pressed a MILLION numbers into the phone, I finally got a live person. I explained that I had washed and dried my card and it was now out of commission; I needed a new one.


"You washed and dried your card? Why?"

Was he serious? Did he think I did this intentionally? I wanted to respond, "I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Do you know what kind of bacteria is on that card?"

However, my banking future was in his hands. I opted to be kind. I instead responded with, "I'm an airhead and I left the card in the pocket of my jeans." He laughed (mockingly, in my opinion). What a pleasure to know that I am providing entertainment...most likely to the entire Wells Fargo Call Center..

After going through the standard question and answer tango, he then tells me that he has cancelled my card and directs me to destroy it. Wasn't that the whole point of this call? I had already destroyed it. "Yeah, let me take care of that buddy. Buh-bye now!"

And here is the latest in Wells Fargo Shrinky Dinks.....





13 comments:

buffalodickdy said...

Pretty funny story! I have a saying I bastardized from a credit card company(American Express) "American money-don't leave home without it"...
I have credit cards and a debit card, but when all else fails "Money talks, and bullsh*t walks".
P.S. U.S. currency washes and dries well!Soft and supple....

doggybloggy said...

cute story...but never leave home without some real moola..I am with the buffalo on this one.

KleoPatra said...

OMG!! Shrinky Dinks!! My childhood best friend had those all the time. We had such a blast... thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Sorry for what happened though. i've washed money and all sorts of other things but have yet to wash a Visa...

Carrie™ said...

Oh geez!! I'd be freaking. How long until your new card comes?

snowelf said...

I have washed my card, but never dried it. I've also lost one down a crack in my car's emergency brake, lost one I later found in a closet, left it in the ATM to be sucked in...twice... threw it away...
and one very funny story that I will make my blog post tonight cause I need a laugh.

My current card I have actually used the same one and kept in intact for three years now, so I'm getting better!!! Whoo hoo!!

---snow

p.s. I also was recently in a city with a carpool lane and I made my friend drive in it just because we could! :P

I had both strawberry shortcake and Care Bear Shrinky dinks.

pinknest said...

aw, it's cute! and i LOVE shrinky dinks. oh how i miss them.

buffalodickdy said...

My niece got a "shrinky dink" for Christmas one time and when she ran over to show me, I remember saying "Don't set it down on Uncle Dicks'lap, sweetheart"!

Michelle Ann said...

Buffalo and Doggy-I am notorious for not carrying cash. I am the queen of the ATM card. However, I have learned my lesson and will attempt to carry cash at all times.

Kleo-I loved Slinky Dinks. For some reason I found them so exciting...

Carrie-I hope it comes soon. I actually had to go into the bank the other day.... I swear, I was the only person under the age of 65...

Snowelf-glad to know that there are others out there with this "card misplacement" illness.

Pinknest-I know! I miss them too. However, I think they are a hard sell these days. A toy that involves children and an oven is no longer acceptable. Plus, I remember that when those things came out of the oven, they were the temperature of the sun's surface! How fun...third degree burns.

Buffalo-I don't think anyone wants their "Dink" to shrink....

doggybloggy said...

shrinking dink....no way - us guys have enough problems already

anne altman said...

man i love shrinky dinks. kids. hot toasters. melting plastic. great mix.

Tanya Kristine said...

i like to wash my money. never intentionally but when i find it, i'm pleased...

runswithdog said...

Ah, but did you remember to get the card eventually? :-)

Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog. The beautiful baby that is my avatar is my Mally - my 9 yr. old retired racing greyhound.

seventh sister said...

I have to always keep my card in my wallet which also contains my car keys. Otherwise, I'd hve to replace it e very week.