All over a darn $3?

July 5, 2009

See, this kinda pisses me off. This is one of the reasons businesses in America are going down; all over $3!! Get over it people! It HAPPENS. Notify the bank of the error and they will be more than happy to fix it. Not sue the company over a lousy $3 just to have another employee lose their job. I know what you may be thinking: It’s a bank and they have plenty of money. Well, that is not the point here. Over time, businesses lose money and next thing you know…they need bailout money. Now, who is just the right person to pay for that? YOU; the tax payer.

Woman’s $3 ATM fee ends up costing bank $90K

CHICAGO (STNG) — ATM fees typically are one of life’s minor annoyances, but one Chicago area woman made a federal case over the three bucks she was charged using an Oak Forest cash machine in November 2007.

Now, her class-action lawsuit could put cash — as much as $1,000 apiece — into the wallets of thousands of other people who used the same machine.

Sheryl Stone claimed the ATM’s owner, Marquette Bank, violated the federal Electronic Funds Transfer Act by not disclosing that she’d be charged a fee for using the ATM because she wasn’t a customer of the bank. Under federal law, an electronic message on the machine’s screen has to disclose any fees. There also must be a sign on the ATM. If either is missing, a bank can be found in violation of the statute.

Marquette Bank is opting to settle Stone’s lawsuit. The law firm she hired to handle the case — which has carved a niche for itself suing banks over ATM fee disclosures — says about 3,300 people who used that ATM could collect from Marquette.

A federal magistrate in Chicago is scheduled to rule on the settlement in September. Along with newspaper ads notifying the public of the settlement, there’s a legal notice on the ATM, at 5700 W. 159th St.

Of the $90,000 Marquette ponied up for the settlement, Stone gets $1,000, and the law firm — the Consumer Advocacy Center — gets up to $27,000 to cover its fees. Other customers charged a fee are expected to split the rest of the money.

Marquette said “the cost of a federal lawsuit would exceed the cost of settling the case, therefore, it was prudent to resolve the case quickly and avoid legal fees.”

The Consumer Advocacy Center also is advertising for class members for a similar lawsuit it settled with Charter One Bank, alleging failure to disclose fees at 10 ATMs. Charter One is paying $500,000 to settle that complaint.


MIAMI (Reuters) – A fight broke out on a Florida bus when news of Michael Jackson’s death sparked debate over whether he should be remembered as a great musical talent, and one passenger was charged with assault, police said on Friday.

The bus was moving through the city of North Lauderdale on Thursday when passenger James Kiernan received a text message about Jackson’s death on his cell phone, and he read it aloud on the bus, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department said.

The unidentified bus driver opined that “Michael Jackson should have been in jail long ago,” prompting Kiernan, 60, to retort that “the world just lost a great musical talent,” the police report said.

It said the last remark enraged another passenger, Henry Wideman, who started a swearing match with Kiernan, then pulled out a knife and chased Kiernan down the aisle with it.

The driver called his dispatcher and pulled over near a convenience store to wait for sheriff’s deputies, who arrested Wideman, 54. He remained in jail on Friday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

She needs to be on hourse arrest.


MANATEE COUNTY, FL — A 70-year-old Manatee woman has been arrested and charged with a seventh DUI, according to records.

Witnesses called the Manatee County Sheriff’s office Wednesday night to say there was car straddling bushes near the DeSoto Square Mall parking lot with the engine running.

Deputies arrived to find Carol May inside the car passed out.  Deputies said May was unable to take the field sobriety tests, so she was taken to the Manatee County Jail.  May was unable to sit up in the chair she was so drunk, according to the deputy, that she couldn’t take the DUI test at the jail.

May had six prior DUI arrests and five convictions according to jail and court records.

She was driving with her license permanently revoked July 26, 2002.

May remains in Manatee County Jail under $80,000 bond.

England: Every week about 600,000 pieces of mail are unable to be delivered because they are so badly addressed or packaged, while 25,000 letters posted have only the recipient’s name printed on them.

Anything that cannot find its way to the recipient goes to the Royal Mail’s National Return Centre in Belfast, where ‘address detectives’ investigate the origins of the mail and try to track down who the package is for. Unclaimed items of any value are eventually auctioned off.

This is the only place in the country where it is legal to open someone else’s mail. And some pretty strange things end up there…

1. Milk

A woman posts two two litre bottles of milk to her grandson each week, but unfortunately the address is incomplete so they are never delivered – arriving in Belfast without fail, and always slightly curdled. Despite numerous attempts to track down the granny’s identity she remains elusive.

2. Dead animals

Apparently the centre receives an alarming number of dead animals arriving unaddressed, some of which are stuffed and, after a bit of sleuthing, have been successfully reunited with their taxidermist.

3. Film props

On one particular occasion a box with no address arrived containing props from the film Saving Private Ryan, including a bloodied prosthetic hand.

4. Car parts

Someone sent a car door in the post – it arrived at the centre with no address and no evidence as to its origin.

5. False teeth

The Royal Mail get stuck with plenty of false teeth, which are generally sent back to a dentist if the origin can be traced.

6. 1966 World Cup bottle of champagne

Signed by the whole team, this bottle of bubbly had been a prize in a competition but the winner was never informed so had no idea to keep an eye out for its arrival. After a very long time the surprised owner was traced and received their prize. Better late than never.

7. Kiss statue

A cardboard cut-out of heavy metal group Kiss wound up at the centre and is still propped up in Belfast, owner unknown.

8. Traffic lights

It is anybody’s guess who would go to the effort of posting some enormous traffic lights, and then forget to address the package. The post office ran a campaign to trace the owner but no one came forward.

9. False legs

Like false teeth, prosthetic limbs often get lost in the post. Most are never reunited with their owners but some are sent back to the correct health authority.

10. Digeridoo

Luckily, once the package was opened address details were found inside the instrument and it was forwarded on to its rightful owner.

I love his music and always have. He will surely be missed. RIP. 😦


He was known as the King of Pop, and in Michael Jackson’s case the title was warranted. Mr. Jackson, who died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 50, was the most gifted pop entertainer of his era. Though his seemingly bizarre personal life often made him a figure of curiosity and ridicule, his lasting legacy is his music—and it is an extraordinary body of work that he leaves behind.

Commercial success is one measure of achievement, and Mr. Jackson had certainly had his share. His 1982 “Thriller” is said to be the best-selling pop album of all time with estimated world-wide sales of upwards of 120 million copies. Five of his solo albums are among the world’s best-sellers in that category. In the U.S., he scored 13 No. 1 and 28 top-10 singles as measured by the Billboard charts.

In many cases in pop music, commercial success doesn’t necessarily indicate artistic merit. Not in Mr. Jackson’s case. His body of work is notable for its quality. From his earliest days with his brothers in the Jackson Five in the 1970s, through the remarkable peak of his solo career in the 1980s, Mr. Jackson’s music is characterized by risk, invention and musicality. At the heart of the Jackson Five was its music—those synchronized dance routines are all well and good, but without the music, it’s peripheral—and their hit songs seemed to create trends that no one quite matched when they sought to imitate their sound.

It bears remembering and repeating that the reason Mr. Jackson was so popular was because he was so good. “Thriller” isn’t merely a commercial smash, it’s a brilliant piece of pop. So is its predecessor “Off the Wall,” as was his “Thriller” follow-up in 1987, “Bad.” Even when surrounded by the kind of extraordinary musicians Quincy Jones brought together in the studio to support Mr. Jackson, the singer was the centerpiece, his talent up to the challenge of the demands for greatness.

Perhaps Mr. Jackson’s most memorable public appearance was on March 25, 1983, in a televised celebration of Motown’s first 25 years. Though Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Miracles and others appeared, Mr. Jackson stole the show with a rendition of “Billie Jean” that clearly announced he had successfully made the transition from precious child star to an adult superstar. It was an iconic moment in the history of pop culture—and it was achieved by a great musician who was also an explosive entertainer.

No one who ever saw him perform doubted his enormous talent. I saw him live with his brothers at Madison Square Garden in the mid-1980s. From my perspective, which was fairly close to the stage, I witnessed his remarkably effortless talent as a singer, dancer, entertainer and personality. His voice was flawless, his delivery dramatic—and every minute he was on stage he seemed to be having a wonderful time. It seemed to me that night that he was born to bring joy to us.

I’d been assigned to cover his July 13 London concert and was counting the days. In preparation, I’ve been relistening to his music: his albums included the underrated “Dangerous” as well as the Jackson Five/Jacksons singles “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “Enjoy Yourself” and on and on. What a remarkable body of work, filled with a level of invention and confidence that still jumps at the listener, still defies us to ignore the depth of creativity.

Though he had been in a slump, I’d convinced myself that he was about to add to it—so enthralled was I by his previous achievements. I envisioned a Jackson energized by his appearances and the devotion of his fans—and make no mistake that Mr. Jackson had the most devoted fans in pop history, as the clips of concerts on the news reports last night made clear. I allowed myself to imagine him contacting Mr. Jones. “Quincy,” he’d say. “Book a studio. I’m back.” Not now.

In the coming days, we will be overwhelmed by stories that will summarize, and maybe even gloat about, his misadventures. The most casual pop fan has heard the stories of the abuse he claimed to have suffered as a child, his many plastic surgeries, sexual indiscretions, short-lived marriages, health woes, financial troubles. In the public forum, Jackson had been a caricature for a good long while. Make no mistake, there are those who were eager to see him fail in London.

But now is the moment to put all those grotesque tales aside and concentrate on his work. Think of Jackson onstage, moonwalking, silver glove glittering, spotlight reflecting off his sunglasses, stardust twinkling amid the curls of his hair. Think of his incomparable intensity as he sang and danced. Listen, even if only in your mind, to the music he made with his brothers or as an enormously successful solo artist. Don’t let anything conflict with your memory of his great gifts—and the joy he brought to us for most of his life and ours as well.

A 13-year-old Norwegian girl is in hospital with serious injuries after a bizarre road accident in which she was dragged 4km under a car before being discovered, still conscious, and rescued, police said.

The girl was probably first hit by a truck, then run over by passenger car which followed it, getting stuck underneath.

“She has serious injuries but is stable,” an official from the Oslo hospital to which she was taken said.

The driver only discovered the girl when she parked the car, the police said. The girl was conscious but had injuries to her head, chest and abdomen and several broken bones.

Witnesses to the accident, including the victim’s friends, were being questioned by the police. Local media said her friends looked for her after she was hit by the truck but could only find her bicycle and one shoe on the side of the road.

The police said they had not yet questioned the car driver. “She has been in a serious situation and we have waited to question her for that reason,” spokesman Erling Arne Eek said.


I don’t know whether to think that jumping over babies like a sport is ugh…a sport or jumping over babies seriously brings some good luck. The babies are so cute though! 🙂

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