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post #6751 of 13709
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

. It seems Canada has the best reputation in the world: http://www.reputationinstitute.com/thought-leadership/country-reptrak
Really. Even after Justin Beiber
post #6752 of 13709
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Originally Posted by why View Post

Because most people don't have or use credit cards in Europe and electronic payments at merchants are usually done via debit using bank cards. Since the banking system is different, US accounts need to be processed via manual wire transfer. A lot of places take credit cards, but I imagine hotels/restaurants often don't for fraud reasons. If someone uses a fraudulent credit card it can be impossible for the merchant to collect what they're owed from the overseas bank.


hmmm, this seems pretty unlikely to me.

Don't most hotels just charge you upon first arrival and then sort out the difference when you leave?

That's how it's always worked for me, and I imagine that that sorts out most of the fraud or enough for it not to be a massive deal.
post #6753 of 13709
Yeah, I don't buy it.

Once in europe, credit card acceptance seems pretty standard. Last time I was there (2009), I don't recall using very much cash...just used credit everywhere, especially in restaurants.

Its not that the hotels can't accept CCs (as I mentioned, they can do it over email...but that's just a terribly insecure thing to do), they just seem used to taking wire transfers for deposits and had no convenient way to process CCs without the card being present to swipe.
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Uhh, was just going to make a small purchase and looked up my paypal balance. Turns out some random dude from Israel paid me over $3,700. I have no idea why. Called and got the fees for the transaction returned to me and then refunded the entire amount. It was all strangely stressful, and now I'm paranoid that something weird is up.
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

hmmm, this seems pretty unlikely to me.

Don't most hotels just charge you upon first arrival and then sort out the difference when you leave?

That's how it's always worked for me, and I imagine that that sorts out most of the fraud or enough for it not to be a massive deal.

How does that sort out fraud issues?

Anyway, a lot of merchants don't take credit cards in Europe because of the costs associated with it as well.

I can say though that the only trouble I've had using a credit card at a European hotel was caused by the bank.
post #6756 of 13709
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Originally Posted by erictheobscure View Post

Uhh, was just going to make a small purchase and looked up my paypal balance. Turns out some random dude from Israel paid me over $3,700. I have no idea why. Called and got the fees for the transaction returned to me and then refunded the entire amount. It was all strangely stressful, and now I'm paranoid that something weird is up.

lol... the weird part is you returned $3,700!
post #6757 of 13709
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

I don't get why someone would want to pretend that they're Canadian, but I completely get why someone would pretend that they're not American

I'll admit I've done this having traveled to many a sketchy country where it's better just not to stir the pot so to speak. Posing as Canadian is easier.. although I lived in Australia for quite a time and can fool even native Aussies for a while that I'm Australian. smile.gif
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I vaguely remember someone pointing this out, but I can't remember if it was this thread or even this forum...

But I don't get how when you google any female celebrity, the look-ahead function always shows the search term "celebrity's name" + feet. WTF?! Have the foot fetishists taken over the Internet?
post #6759 of 13709
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

I vaguely remember someone pointing this out, but I can't remember if it was this thread or even this forum...

But I don't get how when you google any female celebrity, the look-ahead function always shows the search term "celebrity's name" + feet. WTF?! Have the foot fetishists taken over the Internet?

thank god I'm not the only one that has experienced this.

I don't have any sort of foot fetish. I can understand nice feet being a good thing on a woman, but I can't understand the sexuality of it (Greg Fitzimmons does have a couple funny bits on his foot fetish though).
post #6760 of 13709
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

thank god I'm not the only one that has experienced this.

I don't have any sort of foot fetish. I can understand nice feet being a good thing on a woman, but I can't understand the sexuality of it (Greg Fitzimmons does have a couple funny bits on his foot fetish though).
ah, so it was this thread!!!

it's kind of creepy too. two girls were talking outside my office about someone named Sarah Hyland, who i didn't know so i decided to google. "Sarah Hyland feet" was the second search term, which is really creepy, because i found out she's one of those actresses who plays high school girls and looks like she's 13.
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^ I only know who that is because I saw her on TV for an awards show (the Oscars?) and remarked that I felt creepy watching a child displaying her big boobs. Then I looked her up and realized she's an adult who looks like a child with big boobs.
post #6762 of 13709
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post



it's kind of creepy too. two girls were talking outside my office about someone named Sarah Hyland, who i didn't know so i decided to google. "Sarah Hyland feet" was the second search term, which is really creepy, because i found out she's one of those actresses who plays high school girls and looks like she's 13.

I believe some of the "high school students" in glee are in their late 20s/early 30s... think the guy that plays their music teacher is younger irl than some of them.

speaking of sarah hyland, in an inverse way I find it creepy watching dakota fanning who I've always pictured as the kid in "war of the worlds" and who played fern in "charlottes web" and the girl in "the cat in the hat" in more mature roles like her playing cherrie curie in "the runaways"... I just feel so... confused confused.gif



post #6763 of 13709
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Originally Posted by acidboy View Post

I believe some of the "high school students" in glee are in their late 20s/early 30s...


you mean like this mwink[1].gif

post #6764 of 13709
yeah, and



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Why do multi-million dollar corporations have buggy websites? Whenever I change a flight search parameter on United.com it just refreshes the search with the parameter unchanged, so I need to keep clicking 'Advanced Search' every time I want to change something. It also has a calendar that's color-coded according the the type of award flights available, but sometimes special award flights are available that aren't indicated by the calendar and the only way you'll know is if you click on every day individually and check through all the flights.
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