So, when I was home in Tennessee for a short while, I received a letter telling me that “suspicious activity” had been registered on my SunTrust account. I just chalked it up to using my card in various countries, and went about my way.
I went about my way until I ran out of pesos and needed to access my SunTrust account. Then we had problems.
So, I called yesterday, and the lady assured me that yes, I am a victim of fraud. Luckily, the guys at SunTrust are on top of it, and they stopped the bull before he wrecked the china shop. Only my china shop is so broke, it would be more like a donkey in a plastics store in Mexico. (They have these weird plastic stores, where everything you could want that is plastic goes to die. Bowls, cups, buckets, water bottles, etc.)Sun
Yes, I did spend seven dollars at Cash Saver.
No, I did not spend 350 dollars at Walmart in Minnesotta. In fact, my account hasn’t had that much money in a long time!!
So, today, when I called back, I found out that in order to access my account, I would have to join a circus and jump through hoops. Seriously. I have to call from the ATM. Okay, lady, I explain We just have one teensy tinsie problem. In order to call you, I have to be at home. On Skype. That won’t work. Okay, lady, I’ll try.
Victor and I walked to the ATM. Surprise! It didn’t work. We walk home.
I decided that Victor could go to the ATM, and I could stay home. I would send him a message when I am on the line with the SunTrust guy. Then he would quick-as-a-blink withdraw money for us to live on.
Good plan. Good plan if you have saldo on your phone. Saldo is credit for pre-paid phones. All cell phones seem to be pre-paid in Mexico. Guess what you need to get saldo? Money. Guess where you get that? The ATM. Guess what you need? A functioning ATM card…
We stopped by a co-teacher’s house and asked to borrow her phone–promising to recharge her some saldo. Plan in action.
I go home and write out directions for Victor. (He’s such a man.) 1) Go to the ATM. 2) Call me. 3) Get money. 4) Get Saldo. I quickly call the SunTrust guru when Victor lets me know he is there. By this time, everyone in America is off work, and the wait is FOR-EV-ER. With my iPhone (skype) on one ear, and Victor on the other, we completed our routine in the Big Top. My hoop jumping days better be over, SunTrust.