I got a call from an 800- number this morning. I let it ring through to voice mail.
A half-hour later, I got a repeat which I answered.
It claimed to be from my bank. It claimed to be from Fraud Prevention. It claimed that it had flagged numerous "suspicious" credit card purchases on my card.
I asked them to describe one of the suspicious transactions. "Nope. I did not make a purchase there".
Then they started asking for more, personal info to "verify" I was the card-holder of record. "Nope. I don't do that over the phone. I will drive to the local branch of the bank and handle it from there."
The only problem was that I was scheduled line-to-line for the entire day.
The bank gave me several phone numbers to call and the 20-something teller wearing the 4" long, false-lashes read the 3.25 pt print on the back of the card.
I made the call from a chair in the bank lobby and connected with Jannella who in all probability was 23 years-old and African-American. She was also a rock-star.
She verified that three suspicious transactions had been made on my card: a $200.00 transaction, a $300.00 and a $500.00 transaction at shopDisney.com
The most likely place where I could have been wanded or skimmed was at the coffee kiosk at McLaren Hospital's main lobby in Lansing. The transactions happened after that visit.
Consequently, I am without a valid credit card at the moment. I trust that things will be cleared up in short order and a new credit card will be mailed to my address of record.
The roving manager in the bank gave me an atta-boy for A.) Not trusting phone calls (phishing) and for B.) Expeditiously pursuing the possibility of fraudulent use of my credit card.
A $5000 signing bonus for a job that paid $12/hour two years ago.
In a perfect world, rules mandating various ratios for patients:professionals would be relaxed so promising "under-credentialed" professionals could fill in for more highly credentialed professionals when the mandated, credentialed professionals were MIA. If sufficient time passed and the under-credentialed professional performed well, provisional higher-credentials could be issued.
As it currently stands, 500 square-feet of un-primed drywall must be painted and there is only one gallon of paint. The only choice is choosing those dark corners where starving the paint-film is least likely to be noticed.
If you follow the blog, you know that my Mom is in a nursing home. The wait time to get wet Depends changed is...very long. Some staff simply does not care. If fired, there are plenty of other nursing homes screaming for help.
Allowing "management" to upgrade staff gives them more flexibility and relaxes the strangle-hold some lazy, credentialed staff might try to exercise.
The education and credential granting apparatus that is very carefully calibrated to maintain the status quo of wage differentials will be unable to back-fill that 30%-in-two-year attrition driven by Federal Covid mandates. That education and credential apparatus is tuned into an 8%in-two-year attrition rate.
Hospitals will not be able to discharge patients in Med-surge due to lack of beds in step-down facilities.
Emergency rooms will not accept patients arriving by ambulances due to lack of beds in med-surge.
At some point, ambulances will all be tied up as they drive EMT care-packages to mythical, open-beds in Goshen, Indiana and will not be available to pick up recently traumatized, tax-paying citizens.
That mythical bed in Goshen? It was an IT error caused by a klutz kicking the surge protector and now 17 ambulances are converging on that non-existent bed.
The $630 Billion question is: Will more people die prematurely if we have ambulances not showing up to accidents or if we have trained, medical professionals sometimes playing above their credentials while within hollaring distance of more highly credentialed medical professionals?
Framed another way: Do our elected officials owe their primary allegiance to the tax-payers and citizens or to the credential-granting institutions and ossified professional hierarchy?