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So You Think It is Not All that bad?

May 17, 2008

I have been keeping away from the blog for the last couple of weeks on purpose, frankly because of the Democratic Primaries. That is about all the MSM has covered allowing other things in the World and the U.S. to go untouched. I guess that most local news stations have been telling you ways to save gas, with commonsense tips that, well are “Commonsense”. That is until the earthquake in China and the Cyclone that hit Myanmar, also known as Burma. Also the fact that their government would not let U.S. relief aid just come right in, and that it was pointed out to the MSM viewers, Myanmar is a Military run government, in almost every sentence.

In the last couple of days, a few very interesting stories have been brought to my attention.

Your Cash Ain’t Nothing but Trash

Buffalo News

It seems that a gentleman was going to purchase an iPhone at the Apple Store in the Walden Galleria. When his day was about to change

But when he took the cash from his wallet to pay for the latest must-have gadget, things took a turn for the worse.

“She looked at my money and said, ‘We don’t accept cash as a form of payment for the iPhone.’ When I asked why, she would only say it was the store’s policy that I use a credit card,” Palen said.

Acording to the article, Mr. Alex Palen does not have a credit card. So he ask another person in the store if he could give him the money for the iPhone, plus the tax and all.

Store staffers said that was against the rules, and then escorted him — and his pocket full of bills — from the store.

“I was so outraged. I was so humiliated. I just sat in the mall and couldn’t even talk for half an hour. I was so surprised this could happen in America,” Palen said. “I’ve never been told that U. S. currency isn’t enough to buy a product.”

It turns out that what I was taught in high school is not true anymore. Businesses don’t have to except cash for services, and product rendered.

Legally, neither Apple nor any other private company in New York State is required to accept cash.

According to the Coinage Act of 1965, creditors must accept U. S. currency as legal tender for debts, dues and taxes.

However, according to the U. S. Department of the Treasury’s Web site, “Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise.”

At first I thought it was because they wanted to make sure you could pay the bill. However that is not the reason.

“We require a credit, debit or gift card as payment to discourage unauthorized resellers,” said Teresa Brewer, Apple spokeswoman.”

Under the current system Apple has allowed some to make a business out of beating their system.

Some customers have made a quick buck buying and reselling the iPhone at a higher price, especially during the holidays when supply is down and demand is up. In addition, Apple has said that about 250,000 of the 1.4 million iPhones the company has sold so far went to “unlockers.”

The reason given for the policy is that since the iPhone came out hackers began unlocking them so that they could be used on networks other than AT&T, who has a five-year exclusive contract with the Apple iPhone.

Though I kind-of understand how they think this would stop the resell of the iPhones, it brings up the thought of Stores that use In-Store-Cards, like; Kroger, Sam’s Club, and Costco. The claim is, they are saving you money, while all the time they are watching and recording what you buy. What Apple is doing is the same thing, only using your credit card to track you purchases. Then again, this will all be a moot point when the National ID is fully implemented. The National Database that will be held by Homeland Security will handle that.

Welcome to the New-Age of customer service.

ABA

Again you can find the full story @, Buffalo News

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