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Buying online with a brain that's offline
Cnet ^ | 10/07/2006 | M.P. Dunleavey

Posted on 10/07/2006 1:39:54 PM PDT by Panerai

Stephen Kenny remembers being in high spirits one evening after imbibing "one martini or maybe three" on his way home from work. He was in such a good mood, in fact, that he decided to get his girlfriend a present.

"I logged on to this luxury jewelry Web site and I bought her a pair of $1,500 earrings--or what I thought were $1,500 earrings," said Kenny, who works at an intellectual property law firm in Burlington, Vt. "Maybe my vision was blurred or I just missed a decimal point, but they turned out to be $15,000."

When he discovered what he'd done the next morning, Kenny was able to cancel the charge on his credit card, so no real harm was done. "Frankly, I was amazed that I had that much credit available," he said.

Welcome to one of the latest and strangest financial hazards of our high-tech age: clicking under the influence, or as a friend of mine called it, "sip and click." In Kenny's case, he realized what he had done, and was able to remedy the situation quickly, but not everyone gets off the hook so easily.

It's not the sort of thing people like to admit. "You don't want to sound like a boozehound," said one woman, who didn't remember ordering several books from Amazon until the packages started arriving.

And while logging on to go shopping after a libation or two is far less dangerous than drinking and driving, there is the potential for reckless spending.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: drunkshopping; online; pwd; shopping; shoppingwhiledrunk

1 posted on 10/07/2006 1:39:55 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Panerai

PWD is not smart! (posting while drunk)


2 posted on 10/07/2006 1:44:38 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: Toby06
PWD is not smart! (posting while drunk)

guilty
3 posted on 10/07/2006 1:48:53 PM PDT by kinoxi (.)
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To: kinoxi

Right now?


4 posted on 10/07/2006 1:50:19 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: kinoxi

Yep, me too. With fancy new web-capable cellphones one can post from the bar, and I have on many occasions.


5 posted on 10/07/2006 1:51:14 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: Toby06

No, but I've done it...


6 posted on 10/07/2006 1:51:51 PM PDT by kinoxi (.)
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To: lesser_satan

I'd have to carry a monitor around attached to the cellphone. I have a hard enough time seeing a monitor, never mind trying to read it on a cell phone screen.


7 posted on 10/07/2006 1:53:34 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: kinoxi

You sure ain't the only one!


8 posted on 10/07/2006 1:54:02 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: kinoxi

I'd wagsher that mozt peeple on FR ar quilty og that.;)


9 posted on 10/07/2006 1:54:53 PM PDT by Anvilhead (Dammit Jim, I'm an Ameri-can not an Ameri-can't.)
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To: kinoxi
PWD is not smart! (posting while drunk)

Do people really do that?? It's never happend to me (smirk, smirk)! 8-)

10 posted on 10/07/2006 1:55:16 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: Toby06
LOL! I'll drink to that! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
11 posted on 10/07/2006 1:58:32 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Islam is the Death Cult of Perpetual Outrage!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
Cheers!


12 posted on 10/07/2006 2:01:05 PM PDT by Toby06
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To: Toby06

I prefer to think of it as DWP.


13 posted on 10/07/2006 2:02:32 PM PDT by Sofa King (A wise man uses compromise as an alternative to defeat. A fool uses it as an alternative to victory.)
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To: RobFromGa

I'm glad I never had this to contend with. Been sober for almost 18 years. Back then there was not internet available for me.


14 posted on 10/07/2006 3:00:43 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Panerai
Stephen Kenny...decided to get his girlfriend a present.

...I bought her a pair of $1,500 earrings--or what I thought were $1,500 earrings,...but they turned out to be $15,000.

When he discovered what he'd done the next morning, Kenny was able to cancel the charge on his credit card...

So, his girlfriend was worth $1,500, but not $15,000. I guess she knows where she stands, now.

"You don't want to sound like a boozehound," said one woman, who didn't remember ordering several books from Amazon until the packages started arriving.

This may be a sign of a much worse problem. I have heard that blackouts are a sign of alcoholism.

15 posted on 10/07/2006 3:15:03 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: Anvilhead
I'd wagsher that mozt peeple on FR ar quilty og that

Nosh me. I'm only on my 3rd or ish shit 7th toddy.

I alweez noz when I had two mush as my dickshion and spellang goz to heil and a hanmaiden.

Wash mure, I uzually cant fund the speel bouton.

16 posted on 10/07/2006 3:25:46 PM PDT by seasoned traditionalist ("INFIDEL AND PROUD OF IT.")
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To: Panerai

I wonder if I will remember that I posted to this thread in the morning!?!


17 posted on 10/07/2006 3:52:23 PM PDT by No2much3 (I did not ask for this user name, but I will keep it !)
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To: Panerai

Well, I'm glad to see there are no real problems in the world. There can't be, if this nonsense is news.


18 posted on 10/07/2006 4:01:07 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Panerai
I confess to buying a rifle in an online auction that I really have no use for, it was just going too damn cheap so I put in a bid...lol

I wasn't drinking, just not thinking. It was a good buy though.
19 posted on 10/07/2006 4:10:22 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: Panerai

I clicked on a $3000 used motorcycle at 1AM after a few drinks. I'm not sorry, but I was clearly CUI (clicking under the influence) at the time.


20 posted on 10/07/2006 4:50:55 PM PDT by Sender (Error 404: tagline not found)
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To: Panerai
"sip and click."

Guilty, but so or a lot of FReepers on Friday-Saturday night.

21 posted on 10/07/2006 4:55:21 PM PDT by Drango (Born free, now expensive.)
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To: Toby06

"PWD is not smart! (posting while drunk)"

That's NEVER happened on FR. Nope.


22 posted on 10/07/2006 5:01:06 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: Anvilhead

Look, I'm not as think as you drunk I am.


23 posted on 10/07/2006 8:36:49 PM PDT by tlb
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