REPORTS COMING IN LIKE THIS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY-HEADS UP THOSE OF YOU WHO USE CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS FOR EVERYTHING-KEEP CASH ON HAND
I wanted to share something with you that is going on here today and yesterday. I live in Utah, one of the two states officially declared, “hostile” in JADE HELM 15. My family and I live about 75 miles north of Salt Lake City, in a good size valley, surrounded by mountains. There is a quiet joke here in the valley that one could turn the valley upside-down, and it would rain guns for three days. I think that is understating things a bit myself.
Anyway, I took my son to lunch today. We went to El Toro Viejo, a decent, sit-down Mexican restaurant in the downtown area of this town of 50,000. As I walked in the front door, and tell the hostess that we need a table for two, she tells me that the Credit/debit card reader is down, and taps the counter-top unit. She says she called the processor, and was told that it should be up again in just a few minutes. I said I was planning to pay with cash anyway, so no problem.
We had our burritos and quesadillas, and enjoyed our lunch. As we were eating, I told my son, 10, that I thought it was strange that the Credit card payment system was down, given other things going on in the country lately, and that it had been gnawing on me. He asked, “do you think it is something like what happened to the NYSE, a few days ago. And United Airlines?" I was surprised that a 10-year old had been paying attention to this stuff. And, I mulled his question over in my mind.
We paid our bill, with cash, and the waitress brought us our change. As I walking out I asked the gal at the front desk if the CC payment system was back up. She said, yes, that it was only down for 20 minutes. I asked her if that happened often. She said no — it hadn’t happened since they opened up their new location in August, 2014. But, she said in passing, it happened yesterday too — it was down for about 20 minutes.
Both times the outages were during the lunch hour. Two days in a row. Starting on the day that Jade Helm kicked off.
Maybe it was nothing. Maybe it was a little piece in a bigger puzzle. I’d be interested in hearing if other retail establishments are having CC processing issues. I can’t help but think, “Dry run.”
Jul 16, 2015