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Tampa manís stimulus payment missing; canít get answers from PayPal, IRS
WFLA ^ | May 5, 2020 | Shannon Behnken

Posted on 05/05/2020 8:25:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway

David Charles needs his $1,200 stimulus payment, but he can’t get a straight answer about where his money went.

“I’m starving because I need this money and no one cares,” Charles said.

The IRS website shows that his money was paid to his PayPal Mastercard, a prepaid card, on April 29, but the card shows no such payment, and customer service representatives have offered no answers, he said.

He says he activated the card for the sole purpose of obtaining his stimulus money faster than through a check. He does not have a bank account because of his low income and responded to a PayPal advertisement about getting stimulus money quickly.

“It takes an hour just to get someone on the phone and then they tell me, ‘There’s no money there. Check with the government. It’s not our problem, it’s yours,”” Charles said.

Charles, who suffers from chronic health issues and does odd jobs for a modest living, was struggling before the pandemic. Now, he has fewer jobs to do and even less money. He was hopeful the stimulus would make an immediate difference in his life.

“I was really counting on this money to be able to take care of some bills, get me some new shoes and stuff, and help me to get some transportation going,” Charles said.

After five days of waiting on hold for hours and getting no answers from PayPal or the IRS, Charles turned to Better Call Behnken.

8 On Your Side reporter Shannon Behnken reached a PayPal spokeswoman who promised to look into the situation and try to resolve it. Within hours, Charles received a call from the company that his money was on his card.

Although it is still unclear what went wrong, Charles couldn’t be happier.

“I am paying bills,” he said. “I am glad I don’t have to worry about this anymore.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News
KEYWORDS: financialdarwinism; florida; floriduh; stimulus

1 posted on 05/05/2020 8:25:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

This is not news. I suspect it will get zotted shortly.


2 posted on 05/05/2020 8:37:33 PM PDT by know.your.why ( If love is blind then marriage is an institution for the blind)
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To: nickcarraway

PayPal? Poor people have poor ways. Jesus said the poor will be with you always. And this guy is a prime example of why that is true.


3 posted on 05/05/2020 8:41:39 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Click my screen name for an analysis on how HIllary wins next November.)
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To: nickcarraway

Having had to play telephone tag with bureaucrats and bureaucracies, I fully understand his frustration, and I’m glad this story had a happy ending.


4 posted on 05/05/2020 8:46:20 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: know.your.why; nickcarraway

35 minutes and gong strong!!

Guess you don’t hold much sway :)


5 posted on 05/05/2020 8:59:34 PM PDT by dp0622 (Radicals, racists dloont point fingers at me I'm a small town white boy Just tryin to make ends meet)
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To: know.your.why

Why isn’t it news? Just the socialists don’t like it.


6 posted on 05/05/2020 9:00:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dp0622

This story is ridiculous. One person who didnt have the brains to call Paypal HQ and problem was so minor that it took one phone call from one reporter to fix it that day!

If the guy was facing death and the reporter got him a kidney that would have been news.


7 posted on 05/05/2020 10:40:00 PM PDT by know.your.why ( If love is blind then marriage is an institution for the blind)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t understand him not having a bank account, and then opening up a paypal account and card just for this purpose. Perhaps he doesn’t want a record of just how much he really makes with those odd jobs.


8 posted on 05/05/2020 10:54:59 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: Responsibility2nd; nickcarraway
PayPal

Yeah, I think I see what the problem is, right away.

9 posted on 05/06/2020 3:25:14 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Three most annoying words on the internet - "Watch the video")
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To: nickcarraway

No bank account because of being low-income/ I’d say he has something under the table going on and wants to stay off the grid...


10 posted on 05/06/2020 3:39:32 AM PDT by trebb (Don't howl about illegal leeches, or Trump in general, while not donating to FR - it's hypocritical.)
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To: Hardastarboard

The PayPal card is issued by a bank, not PayPal itself.


11 posted on 05/06/2020 4:00:06 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (This tagline is an advertisement-free zone. Is yours?)
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To: Fresh Wind

“The PayPal card is issued by a bank, not PayPal itself.”

And the bank ain’t doing the PayPal card for free. I’m guessing there’s a fee associated with the use of that card. The guy’s probably looking at giving up 1% to 3% for each transaction. Surely there are banks out there that will cash US govt checks without a service fee?


12 posted on 05/06/2020 5:45:07 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

Yep. You can start with a $4.95 monthly fee and $.50 if you simply check your balance at an ATM.

https://www.prepaidlf.com/terms/paypalCHA.pdf


13 posted on 05/06/2020 6:54:27 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (This tagline is an advertisement-free zone. Is yours?)
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To: nickcarraway
A friend of mine just received a stimulus check made out to his mother in-law who passed away a couple of years ago. He said she was even identified on the check as DECD.

ML/NJ

14 posted on 05/06/2020 10:25:11 AM PDT by ml/nj
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