Monthly Archives: October 2012

Oh Big Lots, why do you lie?

I am normally a big supporter of Big Lots, reasonable prices and great for outdoor/patio furniture. But there is one location in particular that I’m not a fan of. Maybe that’s because I had my credit card stolen there in back in July. It was taken from my purse, used at the store and put back in my purse. Guess it’s my fault for turning my back on my cart and leaving my purse inside. Silly me. Still, to say that I was surprised, is quite the understatement.

I went back, immediately the same day, spoke to the manager there and explained the situation. He apologized again and again, saying this kind of thing had never happened before and if I could please refrain from complaining to the corporate office, then he would fix it and get to the bottom of this. He was very concerned that I would ruin his record with the company and somehow impact his position.

While the charge was for a little over $100, and that may not be a lot to most people, to me it is. As a full-time student trying to survive on my own, that $100 charge was the last $100 I had left in my account at the time. But, my bank credited me the charge and I put it behind me. Or so I thought…

Today, Fifth Third revered their credit due to the fact that Big Lots is claiming that the charge was valid, leaving me again without $100. Maybe I’m too young or just too naive, but I have to say that I really believed Mr. Sanchez when he told me he would fix it. That was the only reason I did not call the police and report it.

But now, I find myself in quite a predicament. A situation where even my bank took their word for it, without even the slightest courtesy of contacting me. And here I thought I had a good relationship with my bank, I never go over my funds, I pay all their ridiculous ATM fees and I event participate in the occasional survey. I was under the impression that you signed your card, presented valid ID and signed your credit card receipts all so that these kind of things would not happen. I’m just not understanding how a credit card receipt without my signature is considered valid? Sis they review the cameras? Did they not notice that I made a cash purchase and never took out a card? Or that I stood at the front of the store with Mr. Sanchez for 30 minutes discussing the situation?

All I can say is that I may be young and naive, but I never take this kind of thing lying down. I don’t know what kind of scam they have running at that store, but I have every intent to expose it.

Word to the wise: If you go, to the Big Lots located at 2100 Southwest 27th Avenue, Miami, FL, just make sure to keep your purse closed and on you at ALL times.

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Blogging when I should be working…on H.W.

Procrastination has always been, well, something that I excelled at. It’s easy to put things off. Easy to talk yourself out of doing something you know you should be doing. But lately, my reasons for procrastination seem to run a little deeper.

In high school, I was a girl with a plan and when I graduated I had the next 10 years of my life mapped out perfectly. I graduated with high SAT scores and a 3.4 GPA, but still, willing ended up at community college. Well, it was technically a four-year institution by the time I started, but you get the point. My plan was to go away for school, leave my little bubble in Miami and all the sunshine in Florida. What I didn’t anticipate was how difficult it would be to leave my family, my newborn baby brother and my friends. See, life never follows our plans and the course it takes is often out of our hands.

So now, eight years after my high school graduation, I’m still working on my Bachelors degree. I’ve taken a few semesters off over the years, but never really got the hang of successfully juggling work, school and family. I was never willing to give one up, and time is the price I paid to do it all and do it all at once.

I started freelancing when I was 18 years old, worked as a real estate assistant, had a part-time internship at a Hispanic PR newswire and went to school full-time. Things became hectic back then and never really slowed down as the years went on. So I’ve been busy, to say the least. But now, I have this great job at a reputable newspaper where I manage events and marketing, plus I get to have the opportunity to write in Spanish for our online publication. Oh, and let’s not forget that I also attend Florida Gulf Coast University as I work on my Bachelors degree in Journalism.

What’s the issue?

Well, I feel old. I can’t help but feel like I missed the train a while back and am now scrambling to hustle my way to my destination. A lot of the students in my classes are fresh out of high school and just starting to figure out what they want. I was never that student. I ALWAYS knew exactly what I wanted and what I needed to do to get there. But I procrastinated. Not in the common sense, but I consciously pushed things aside to make room for obstacles in my life that never did fit. Ugh. Whoever said hindsight is always 20/20, failed to mention that it’s also aggravating as fuck.

Now I procrastinate with my homework assignments. They tend to be very detailed, for one class in particular, and I can’t help but stare my the questions in silence. I know I can do it and get a good grade, as my recent assignments have shown, but still I can’t make myself do it. What’s worse is that I shouldn’t have to make myself do any of it. I should just want to finish it. Want to take as much from the course as possible. But I don’t. I get by on my brains and a little bit of effort and that is exactly the kind of procrastination I need to stop.

Oh e cards, how you get me…

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Life in the Fast Lane

I live my life in a constant state of wanting what’s bad for me and knowing rejecting what I should what, a.k.a. the safe choice. It’s like I have a nice, basic car right? And this car gets me from point A to point B pretty comfortably. But, I know I’m not completely satisfied with my car. Why? Well, because all I really want is a ’86  Z Top Camaro.
It’s fast, dangerous and classic, but ultimately a bad investment. At the same time, I’m completely aware that what I should want, or at least start getting used to, is a nice, reliable family type car.
Something that can last for years and years while keeping me (and my future family) safe.
Still, I spend my days with this constant battle going on in my head. I convince myself not to look at Camaros and much less test drive one. I pout, check out the safer cars and ultimately decide to just stick it out with my current car. Sighs.
What does all of this really mean? Simple. That I have officially been inducted into the world of adulthood. Five years ago, I would’ve already owned that Camaro, without a second thought. But now, I think about my future and how my choices today impact that future. Oh, responsibility.
Who knew I had it in me?

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