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November 13th, 2009

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09:46 am
Was going over my electronic bank statement this morning and noticed one of the nicer things they finally did was show you what charges are currently on hold or otherwise pending clearance. Sure, all that's doing is eliminating the paper trail and a leetle detective work on my part, but it sure is nice.

Except I saw that one of the pending charges read
And I got a little unnerved. I hadn't eaten at that Subway in ages! And when I do go, I never spend more than $10 anyway, I mean, you go for the $5 sandwich deal. Who the hell spent $15.00 in my name on sandwiches, or is the store pulling some nefarious deed? And when had I not gone and paid cash? The hell, people?

I bet the locals can guess where this is going.

Yeah, it was actually the charge from the MBTA for a 7-day linkpass, purchased at the Davis Square subway station. I'll laugh about this once my blood pressure goes back down.

Wodda wayta starta day.

Finances and me are not very good friends. We are tolerable acquaintances if anything.

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Date:November 13th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
but the first thing i thought was subway the train and not subway the sammich!
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Date:November 13th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
My banking-tracking software refuses to realize after many corrections that Subway means the train, not the food, so I fully understand where you're coming from.
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Date:November 13th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
I did the exact same thing this month. I wonder if they've changed how it shows up on the statement.
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Date:November 13th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I think it has changed. T pass purchases used to show up on my statement with a lot more information: "MBTA SO.STATION KIOSK #12412" or something like that. The important part was the MBTA, of course.

Either that, or it'll show up correctly on the monthly e-statement, but was ... abbreviated?! ... for the "Pending Charges" box.

It still doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but I'm relieved that nobody had a sandwich party (to which I wasn't invited) on my dime.
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Date:November 13th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Similarly, I asked a bus driver to let me off at the Subway once, and was confused when they passed the Subway bus stop because they thought I wanted to go all the way to the red line station.
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Date:November 14th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
yup, done that too. Also, if you go the Commons Theater, it shows up as 151 Tremont which Google Maps says is the addy for Dunkin Donuts. It happened three times before I made the connection between the address and my movie charges. More information is good but can be disconcerting in its simplicity.

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