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  • BLM Employees Charged Taxpayers $799K for 'Gift Cards'

    10/03/2014 1:37:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 3, 2014 | Joseph Perticone
    ( ) -- Wildfire management employees at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) used government charge cards to by $799,000 worth of gift cards from vendors such as REI, American Express, FredMeyer and Visa, according to a report released Sept. 30 by the Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General. When investigators requested supporting documentation such as purchase orders, receipts, and authorizing signatures, BLM staff claimed that they were “missing,” according to the report. The inspector general describes widespread misuse of government-issued charge cards at the agency, making the “purchase card program susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse.” In...
  • Welfare recipients given gift cards as incentive to do to dentist

    02/15/2014 1:04:06 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 31 replies
    CBS News Harrisburg ^ | 01/30/2014 | Chris Papst
    Imagine going to the dentist for a free regular checkup, and getting a free $25 gift card in return. It’s happening right here in Pennsylvania, and taxpayers are paying for all of it. Every year, Pennsylvania spends $20 billion to provide medical care to low-income and disabled residents. But one of the biggest problems the state has is getting people to use those medical services for preventative care. Now a new program designed to address that problem has some people outraged. "I am upset." Michelle Tonkin is seeing red thanks to a Walmart gift card, which she recently got in...
  • More trouble for Target after 40,000 gift cards sold over the holidays fail to work

    12/31/2013 4:57:14 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    Target is in hot water again after it emerged that a reported 40,000 gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated - leaving them with no value. The latest debacle comes just a week after the retail giant suffered a massive data breach which saw hackers access information to an estimated 40 million customer credit and debit cards. Now the store is under fire for scanning the wrong code on gift cards when handing them over to shoppers, meaning that the value was not activated, KMSP in Minnesota reported. It means that when the recipients of the cards...
  • Mini FReepathon Idea

    02/09/2013 11:52:52 AM PST · by NoGrayZone · 84 replies
    2/9/13 | Me!!
    Our FReepathon. I did not have any money to give more to my favorite site. However, I did have a few gift cards, with small balances just sitting around. I checked each and everyone of them to see how much was left. I had 4 in total (one was for .50 cents, lol). The other 3 totaled $30.77. I was not sure if a cc charge was applied for donations, so I contacted onyx whom referred me to Jim Robinson. Those last 3 donations from NY posted, were from me and my gift cards, sitting there collecting dust. If any...
  • New Jersey Lawmakers Still Want To Steal Unused Gift Cards

    01/05/2011 7:10:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | January 5, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Last summer, New Jersey ammended the state’s Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, allowing the state to seize (steal) unused money on gift cards. The law was signed by Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). In November, a judge temporarily struck down the law. How I missed this before, I just don’t know, as is a prime example of actions that would be considered criminal if done by a private party. Gift cards may certainly be convenient for many, but I think they are a pain in the you-know-what. They can cause trouble for both merchants and customers who willingly enter into financial agreements....
  • (Baltimore RAT Mayor Shelia) Dixon convicted of embezzlement

    12/01/2009 10:40:40 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 27 replies · 1,568+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Tuesday December 1, 2009 | Julie Bykowicz
    Jurors in the theft trial of Sheila Dixon convicted the Baltimore mayor Tuesday on a single charge of taking gift cards intended for the city's poor. Although Dixon was acquitted of a felony theft charge, her conviction could force her from office. The jury found Dixon not guilty of the most serious crime, felony theft. The jury decided that Dixon did not knowingly steal about $530 in Target and Best Buy gift cards purchased in December 2005 by developer Patrick Turner, who testified they were intended for "the children of Baltimore." Dixon was City Council president at the time. The...
  • Where Will They Stop?

    07/06/2009 1:04:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 742+ views ^ | July 6, 2009 | Bruce Bialosky
    As I sit down on the 4th of July to write this week’s column, I am deeply humbled by what the founding fathers of this country have created for us. Yet every day we are giving away our freedoms by electing people who willingly usurp our rights for what they say is “the common good.” The latest instance is the taking of unused gift cards by state legislatures. Some of you may be aware that states have previously established the right to confiscate unclaimed bank accounts. There was a rationalization that if the account was unclaimed, somehow it should become...
  • Governments Grab Unused Gift Cards

    06/29/2009 7:33:34 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 35 replies · 2,140+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-30-09 | ERICA ALINI
    Some states faced with sinking tax collections and rising debt are going after unused gift cards that bolster their revenue. South Carolina is considering legislation that would give the state the right to collect unclaimed gift-card credit. A similar measure in Texas to allow the collection of unused credit even from cards that have no expiration date passed that state's House this spring and stalled in the Senate. Texas already collects unused gift cards with expiration dates. Since the recession began, states have been aggressively tapping so-called abandoned property -- anything from gift cards to dormant bank accounts and safety-deposit...
  • Plastic Jungle rings up $4.8 million for gift card business

    06/02/2009 1:37:31 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 405+ views
    reuters ^ | Jun 1, 2009 | Joanna Glasner
    SAN FRANCISCO (Private Equity Week) - With jobs and credit harder to come by, cash-strapped consumers increasingly are looking to bring in a little extra money selling the gift cards they receive as presents. That's contributing to a pickup in activity gift card resale sites, which are drawing higher traffic and greater interest from outside investors. Plastic Jungle, a Clovis, Calif.-based site for selling, buying and exchanging gift cards, last week announced the largest recent deal in the sector. It raised $4.8 million in a Series A round of venture funding from Shasta Ventures The 12-person startup plans to use...
  • Bill Would Give State Unused Gift Card Money (MD)

    02/06/2009 5:55:24 AM PST · by JZelle · 49 replies · 1,305+ views
    WBALTV.COM ^ | 2-5-09
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Annapolis lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow for the collection of money from unspent gift cards to put into the state treasury. Nationally, gift cards are a $59 billion industry. Experts estimate that 6 percent of gift cards go unspent in Maryland. The bill would allow the state to claim 70 percent of that unused money and use the cash to fund education. "To me, this is a no-brainer. If you haven't used your gift card for four years, you are not going to use it, and why can't we share? The bill states we...
  • Vest Buy Cuts Outlook (...mixed bag?)

    11/13/2008 5:53:04 PM PST · by ErnBatavia · 33 replies · 750+ views
    Dallas Bidniss Journal ^ | November 13, 2008 | Holly Dolezalek
    Could be some great buys for Black Friday.....but then again, given the trend of gifting Gift Cards, I'd personally be leary of putting up some green on a Best Buy Card, given their pessimism...
  • Bankruptcy Makes Gift Cards Worthless

    03/04/2008 6:44:33 AM PST · by yorkie · 51 replies · 100+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 3, 2008 | Anne D'Innocenzio
    You know that Sharper Image gift card you got for Christmas? Right now, it's worthless. And other gift cards in your wallet could lose their value, too. As more retailers file for bankruptcy or go out of business, more than $75 million in gift cards are at risk of becoming worthless pieces of plastic this year. [snip] The number of retail bankruptcies or liquidations this year is expected to reach the highest levels since the 1991 recession. Brian Riley, senior analyst at The TowerGroup, estimates that shoppers could lose more than $75 million just from stores and restaurant closings in...
  • SCAM!! Beware when Paying with Walmart Gift Card(Vanity)

    12/14/2006 5:07:03 PM PST · by publana · 159 replies · 7,025+ views
    My parents who are in their seventies, retired, and on Social Security stopped at Walmart on US Hwy 80 in Mesquite, TX to get gas. After paying at the pump with a Walmart Gift Card and retrieving the receipt, the woman in the booth comes over the speaker and asks him how he intends to pay. My Dad tells her he has already paid and shows her the receipt through the window. They argue a bit, then she asks him to see the $500 Walmart Gift Card. Instead of telling her to buzz off, he hands her the card. She...
  • Wal-Mart January same-store sales up 4.7 pct

    01/28/2006 1:51:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 147+ views
    Reuters ^ | Saturday January 28, 1:32 pm ET
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT - News) on Saturday estimated that January sales rose 4.7 percent at its U.S. stores open at least a year, toward the high end of its forecast, as shoppers redeemed holiday gift cards. The world's biggest retailer had expected 3 percent to 5 percent growth in sales at stores open at least a year -- a key retail measure known as same-store sales. Wal-Mart and most other major chain stores will release final January sales figures on Thursday. On a recorded message detailing sales through Friday, which marked the end of Wal-Mart's January...