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Old 01-07-23, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
That’s usual in my experience. Did you leave the liners in? Might save some time next change, but the weight…
I put it back how it was. There's about 15" of liner for the rear (through the fixture and out to the end of the seatstay) and maybe 8-10" for the front (through the fixture, out the hole and up to the derailleur. Can't be more than a few grams.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Wells Fargo, man. They got real issues.
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Speaking of checks, just a month ago I was a victim of check theft and fraud. It's an intriguing story. I wrote out checks to pay three bills and dropped them into a nearby official, corner postal mailbox. One of the checks was for $5,200 to pay off moving expenses on my credit card. Two days later I noticed the check had successfully cleared my account, but a week later the payee still had not been paid. Naturally, I said "Uh oh"! Went back to my account and got an image of the check and discovered some guy had added his name next to the payee name on the 5k check and successfully cashed it.

I contacted my bank, the cc bank, and the local police. The mystery is how did he manage to get all 3 of the bills I mailed (hasn't cashed the others yet) but there hasn't been a crime wave reported to the police yet, which one would expect if he scooped up everybody's mail, not just mine. I figure it had to be an inside job, somebody who works for USPS, specifically the guy who collects the mail from the corner boxes. He sorted through the ones that looked like bills and cashed the biggest one he found (mine) and is sitting on the rest until the smoke clears. This is the only explanation that makes sense.

My bank closed the old account, opened up a new one and reimbursed my $5k, because they shouldn't have cashed that bogus **** in the first place. The cc bank says they know who it was, but they declined to tell me. I 'm just glad to get my funds back, and glad they didn't think the perp was me.
The street mailboxes here are no longer safe to use. The skels have bootleg or stolen keys.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I put it back how it was. There's about 15" of liner for the rear (through the fixture and out to the end of the seatstay) and maybe 8-10" for the front (through the fixture, out the hole and up to the derailleur. Can't be more than a few grams.
The cables on my R3 are internal but routed under the BB. I leave liner on that stretch and it keeps them from binding or chafing the guide. Joking about the weight.
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Oh, and for datlas - I got 5248 miles out of that rear cable. And yeah, the rear was starting to hang up on shifts to smaller cogs.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Got some pointers?
Well, I have to go through yearly training on how to spot and report it.

If you want a how-to, watch Ozark and Breaking Bad. But probably don't try it at home. It really is quite hard. At least, unless you pick the right bank (not mine).
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
wut
"After the incident, the crew reportedly brought Mishra face-to-face with the victim against her wishes, and he begged her for forgiveness.That didn’t go over well."

JFC.

Stay classy Wells Fargo. Now them, they can be used for money laundering. I was going to not mention them, but since they're right here...

https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2022-85
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Years ago, my wife was shy of singles to tip a housecleaner, so she wrote her a check for $7.00. And of course, then wrote "Seven and xx/100". We get a call from the bank a couple days later about a check they were holding. The house cleaner's boyfriend tried to make it $700, by changing it too "Seven Handred".

We didn't use that service again.
The habit I picked up from my dad was to write "seven, exactly~~~~~". I don't know if that's why he did that though, and I hardly ever write checks.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Have the police done anything, that you know of?
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Shouldn't have cashed it... I assume this guy did mobile deposit? Because if not, the bank should have a pile of camera angles of him. If it is mobile, of course, they should have an identifier for the device. And account login. Either way, if you're right, he's not going to be able to avoid the authorities for long if they try at all.
When I lost my I.D. some years ago whoever found it started accounts, opened credit cards, and started several phone numbers in my name. The cops are so overwhelmed with that stuff it's ridiculous. I spoke to a cop that I know and he said even if they knew the guy and arrested him, he would be out in hours and probably not face jail time. In my case, there was no $5k loss involved, though.

I found out the phone accounts were started in a Radio Shack in another city. They video tape all phone transactions so I called the store and they wouldn't even talk to me, told me to call the local police. I called the police in that city and they said they could get the video if they had a warrant but they wouldn't get a warrant for me because I was not a citizen of their city. They told me to call the Sherrif department in my county and see if they would issue a warrant. I called and they said nope.

I was able to cancel all of the accounts they started but none of the banks or stores I called would give me any information about the accounts. One of them did describe the signature they used and it sounded like my chicken scratch and one of them let slip the e-mail which was used in one of the accounts. Mrs John was able to reverse search that e-mail and assign an address to it but that's as far as it went.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
He must be concerned about the future. Selling all my bank stocks early monday morning!!!


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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Have the police done anything, that you know of?
If they did they didn't let me in on it. But informing them is mostly procedural, for the bank's satisfaction.
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There has been a rash of people breaking into the local blue mailbox drop off bins (not in an actual post office) stealing checks and altering them. This has been on the news everywhere, hasn’t it?
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He must be concerned about the future. Selling all my bank stocks early monday morning!!!


Wells Fargo - say no more.
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He must be concerned about the future. Selling all my bank stocks early monday morning!!!


Wells Fargo - say no more.
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Just in case you didn’t get that the first time.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
We should have stopped with CDs. The perfect medium.
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I have to agree with you, CDs are perfect, they're digital and they don't take up much space. I gotta tell ya, I was pretty pissed to discover that Toyota had removed the CD player on my new 2022 4Runner I just leased this summer. Why does everything have to be streamed? Big Audio can stream my big ***.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Needed a stem for Mrs. rjones28's bike and got a couple of tools make free shipping.

I did not use a debit card.

I have mislaid my 3 way allen key. I miss it terribly
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Reel to reel is real.

But cassettes are so portable
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Tl dnw
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Shouldn't have cashed it... I assume this guy did mobile deposit? Because if not, the bank should have a pile of camera angles of him. If it is mobile, of course, they should have an identifier for the device. And account login. Either way, if you're right, he's not going to be able to avoid the authorities for long if they try at all.
Yes he did a mobile deposit and it sounds like they caught up with him already.

It's interesting you mention the camera angles . . . a few weeks prior to this incident I went to a branch of my bank to deposit a check for 7k. I swear I must have been standing there for ten solid minutes waiting for the teller to complete the transaction. At about minute seven I made a face and peeked over to see WTF she was doing that was taking so long, even though I knew they were taking pictures. That ***** gave me the dirtiest look . . . I was tempted to make a scene, but again, I knew there were cameras. I just couldn't dismiss the notion that if I was in another part of town that transaction would have taken 2 minutes, max.
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I have mislaid my 3 way allen key. I miss it terribly
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I have to agree with you, CDs are perfect, they're digital and they don't take up much space. I gotta tell ya, I was pretty pissed to discover that Toyota had removed the CD player on my new 2022 4Runner I just leased this summer. Why does everything have to be streamed? Big Audio can stream my big ***.
A CD player durable for car use is a substantial thing taking up space behind the dashboard, and can't really be miniaturized. Even so, the one in my old GTI ate a CD and then lunched itself while I was trying to remove them in the dealer's lot after trading it. They've wanted to remove them for a while.

I just use satellite in the car except when we're on a long drive and AG runs Spotify through BT. Easier than fumbling with CDs in the car, even for a passenger.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31


Not pink. This.
My first 'nice' bike was pink. I got it for a song, but was never able to get used to the color, and moved it on. I currently am using it's twin(in a different color) as my town bike.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Another check theft story.

A while back I was hired by the Mississippi Power company to try to recover on a stolen check issue. Seems someone intercepted a 7-figure check payable to a power cogeneration company in New York. They then made multiple counterfeit checks which got in the hands of various people in different parts of the country.

One of those was a guy in Fort Worth. he was sent a check for about $350k, which he then spent within a few weeks. Lots of Best Buy purchases, a Disney cruise with his grandkids, and other stuff. Thing is, the guy was a retired janitor who worked for the school district, and who had never seen that kind of money.

His story never made any sense, and the money could not be recovered. He did end up with a nice criminal record and big judgment.
My fiscal life has been one of discipline and restraint for so long I couldn't even spend $350k in a hurry without having a nervous breakdown. I'd probably spend 100 and invest the 250.
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