Archives: December 2017

December 29, 2017

Friday Fun Facts


Drug Dealer Realizes Taxi Driver is a Cop – Taxi is a Cop Car A suspected drug dealer carrying 1,000 marijuana cigarettes climbed into the back of what he thought was a taxi, but he soon realized was a police car.  The man was looking “to get home quickly” when he climbed into the back of what he thought was a taxi cab Thursday.  The man “received a big surprise when he realized it was actually a police car he was sitting in,” police said. “The police officers were happy to see him, since he was carrying around 1,000 joints.”...Read more

December 27, 2017

Christmas Eve 2017: Not A Fraudster Was Sleeping

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We made it through another Christmas season.  There is probably no time of the year that eCommerce takes such a prevalent place in society.  As we got closer to Christmas Day, eCommerce was ramped up to its highest volume with last minute rush orders being handled as fast and furious as merchants can process them. But, it’s not over yet.  In the week following Christmas, $700 million dollars a day will be transacted with online sales.  Some of the biggest purchases will come in the form of party goods for New Year’s Eve parties, travel, lodging and of course, champagne. ...Read more

December 22, 2017

Friday Fun Facts


U.S. Postal Service Offers $10,000 for Missing Cremains The USPS is offering a $10,000 reward after someone stole the cremains of man from the doorstep of his daughter’s Arizona home.  Elyse Brink said a neighbor saw the package early Tuesday but by the time Brink arrived home, the package was gone.  The package should not have been left without a signature according to the Oklahoma City funeral home who shipped the package.  USPS has acknowledged this and says, “Our goal now is to get the word out” says Postal Inspector Dan Grossenbach. Thirteen Feet Wash Ashore In Canada Canadian officials...Read more

December 20, 2017

The Damage a Not Quite Right Employee May Cause


Outside it might be freezing, but a “Spring Cleaning” early in the new year may be in order. It’s a challenging time to operate a business, with changing customer expectations, increased competitive pressures and difficulty finding the right employees can often force us to “settle” for an employee that may be wrong for your business. But, are the not quite right employees worth the risk?   A case in point: I recently contacted my airline to let them know that the 2,800 miles I had earned from a recent trip were not credited to my frequent flyer account. The rude...Read more

December 15, 2017

Friday Fun Facts


Uber Charges – $14,401.25 for 5-Mile Ride – Called Peak Pricing A Toronto man who used Uber for a five mile ride during a “surge price” period experienced an extremely high surge price.  The unidentified man took a ride at peak time and expected to pay $12-16 for the ride. Instead, he was charged $14,401.25), according to a screenshot of the bill he posted on Instagram.  Uber first insisted the bill was legit and refused a refund.  Once Emily Kennard posted the photo on Twitter, Uber issued this statement:  “There was an error here and it has been resolved. We...Read more

December 13, 2017

Four Money Saving Tips for Credit Card Processing

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You probably think you know everything about credit card processing.  You probably felt like you did your research, selected a company or bank that could process credit cards for your business and as long as you are getting paid in a timely manner, everything is probably okay.  It could be.  But, chances are you may not know about these four secrets that can save you money and send more money to your bottom line profit or pocket rather than being spent on administrative fees to run your business. #1 – Processing fees are tax deductible.  As you prepare your tax...Read more

December 8, 2017

Friday Fun Facts


Santa Has A Rough Landing – Breaks Leg Santa was looking to make a grand entrance as he skydived.  Santa crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg.  George Krokus was dressed as Santa Claus when he skydived to deliver toys to the Tampa Bay Beach Bums Operation Santa Charity Volleyball Tournament.  Perhaps he should just use his sleigh and reindeers in the future. Talk About Dirty Laundry Timothy Colton, 28, is being charged with arson and attempted murder after he set his mother’s house on fire in North Las Vegas with...Read more

December 6, 2017

What Is Level 3 Payment Processing

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Most businesses that sell directly to the consumer use Level 1 credit card processing for handing transactions with Visa, MasterCard and American Express.  However, if you specialize in doing business with other businesses and your primary business model is conducting business with small to medium sized businesses, you might be using Level 2 processing or perhaps should be using Level 2.  This is ideal for limo or ground transportation companies who do business between each other.  We’ll save that for another article and go right to Level 3 processing. Level 3 payment processing is used for transacting business with larger...Read more

December 1, 2017

Friday Fun Facts


Slow Shoppers – Move OVER! Finally, shoppers in a hurry can get through the mall quickly. Lakeside Centre in Essex, one of the UK’s largest shopping complexes, introduced a fast-lane for shoppers in hurry. The designated path offers a route through busy crowds for those who know where they are going and who don’t have a lot of time. Hopefully, people can save time and reduce incidents of “slow rage”. According to a survey conducted by MasterCard, 2,000 people said slow walking is a grievance for 84% of shoppers. Slightly Used Casket For Sale Kyng Major posted an unusual item...Read more