Archives: April 2018

April 27, 2018

Friday Fun Facts


Police Stop Elderly Woman with Dead Body in Cart Chicago Police were sent to check on the welfare of an elderly woman and got quite a surprise. They found the unidentified woman pushing a shopping cart with another woman’s dead body inside. The deceased woman’s remains are pending identification as well as a cause of death. Sometimes you just don’t want to say goodbye. New York Issues License to Speed New York Mets legend Keith Hernandez has a license to speed. Or, so it would appear. The former first baseman and current Mets broadcaster told listeners on WFAN radio that...Read more

April 25, 2018

Samsung Pay Adds PayPal to NFC Payments


There is a chance that you might not even know what an NFC payment is. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. In other words, contactless payments such as Apple Pay or Samsung Pay. This isn’t new technology. It is technology that has been around in one form or another since 1997. Consumers have never really caught on the way it was intended. Whether you use your smartphone or an actual NFC credit card, the transactions are lightning fast and are safer than using an EMV card in a chip-reader. This week, Samsung adopted PayPal as another form of payment for...Read more

April 20, 2018

Friday Fun Facts


Dash Cams Don’t Lie! Xavier Moran, age 25, was involved in a crash in Florida on April 5th.  He told a sheriff’s deputy that he had been cut off by another driver and could prove it with his dashboard camera. He then signed a consent waiver to search the camera.  When the Palm Beach County deputy reviewed the footage, he saw Moran burglarizing a beauty store by using a baseball bat to break the glass door to the store. He was arrested on burglary charges. Obituary Leads To Arrest Federal agents from the U.S. Marshals Service read the obituaries regularly. ...Read more

April 18, 2018

The Birth of Visa – The All Purpose Charge Card

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* This is the first of four installments on the birth and development of the credit card industry as we know it today. Although Visa is widely thought of to be the first credit card, it is not.  However, as the largest card brand in the world, our series begins with Visa. 1958 – Visa was born in Fresno, California by Bank of America. Initially, Bank of America sent 60,000 unsolicited credit cards.  The original idea was the brainchild of the Customer Services Research Group, and its leader, Joseph P. Williams. Williams convinced senior executives in 1956 to let him...Read more

April 13, 2018

Friday Fun Facts


Red Flashing Lights On School Bus Apply To Superintendent We all know that it is illegal to pass a school bus when the red lights on the bus are flashing. However, Brevard Public Schools Superintendent,  Desmond Blackburn displayed flagrant disregard while driving his district-issued SUV. He was stopped by police running a bus safety campaign and given a warning. Police had increased patrols around school buses as part of “Operation BUSted.” Blackburn took his lumps in the media and acknowledged he was one of the drivers who needed a reminder and thanked police for their work. Pizza Delivery Driver’s Customer...Read more

April 11, 2018

Signatures No Longer Required For Transactions


After harping on merchants forever about the importance of getting a signature for every transaction, we are about to change the rules. Well, it really isn’t Chosen Payments changing the rules as much as the card issuers such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard. Effective this month, all four of the major credit card brands are dropping the requirement to obtain a signature for credit card transactions. This is largely due to increased security enhancements and the implementation of EMV “chip cards”. By now, every credit card in the hands of a consumer has been swapped out with an chip...Read more

April 6, 2018

Friday Fun Facts


Woman Beats Man Who Forgot Anniversary A Florida woman brutally attacked her husband for forgetting their wedding anniversary. Carol Stone, 35 was arrested on Wednesday by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for smacking her husband victim multiple times on his head and face after he forgot the couple’s wedding anniversary. The husband recorded the incident on his cell phone and showed it to deputies. Stone later confirmed to police that she indeed attack her husband for his poor memory. She was charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor charge. Mama Uses Taser On Son – Says Go To Church A Phoenix mother...Read more

April 4, 2018

Is Your Credit Card Processor Honest?

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Accepting credit cards in your business is a requirement in today’s cashless society. In fact, we are seeing an uptick in the use of contactless payment methods such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and even Fitbit Pay. With these payments, a simple tap on the keypad of your phone or fitness device and the payment is done. While this is convenient for your customers, the near elimination of cash and check payments means the cost of processing these transactions continues to rise. Like accepting credit cards, the cost of processing credit cards is also a requirement for merchants. This is why, now more...Read more