To Give Credit Where Debit Is Due

| MD, USA | Related | August 20, 2013

(I am an adult but live with my parents, who have just gone out of town for the weekend. On my way home from work, I text my father.)

Me: “Did I, by any chance, receive a new debit card today? And did you go ahead and activate it?”

Dad: “As a matter of fact, yes. How did you know?”

Me: “Because it’s [this month], and my expiry date is [next month], and MY CARD KEPT GETTING DECLINED! Don’t do that to me!”

Dad: “Sorry, but I don’t understand. You mean, once the new one is activated, the old one no longer works, even if it hasn’t reached the expiration date?”

Me: “Correct.”

Dad: “Sorry. But it gets worse; I have the new card with me.”

Me: “Argh!”

(I can, of course, understand his not realizing that activating the new card would deactivate the old. I wouldn’t have known that was what was going on either—except that we went through the same thing last time.)


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