You Can’t Use PayPal Anymore, or, How to Kill a Small Business

In late 2015, I launched MouseMingle.com – the dating site for Disney fans. A few weeks ago, PayPal banned MouseMingle from processing payments with no notice – effectively killing my small business. Why did PayPal choose to kill my small business? Your guess is as good as mine. Why would I say that? Because the official message on my PayPal dashboard says that I’m “in violation of┬áPayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy.” The problem is, PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy says nothing about wholesome websites helping people connect and (hopefully) fall …

The Resurgence of Email

With the recent example of Amazon’s AWS service arbitrarily killing a business’s website by revoking the company’s hosting contract, the question must be asked – If a service provider can suddenly decide to not provide you service, how can you continue to reach your audience? The short answer is one of the foundational elements of the internet – the original POP… Post Office Protocol. Email. POP servers have (and are) a staple of the internet. They deliver (most) user verification and forgot password emails. They notify people of …

FAIL: Scott’s RV in Vancouver, WA

Scott’s RV, Vancouver, WA 115 SE Ellsworth Rd, Vancouver, WA 98664 (360) 882-3444 https://scottsrvvancouver.com/ Everyone has bad days. Some people have bad weeks. Their cat just died. Their spouse left them. Their boss yelled at them… but there’s no excuse to repeatedly F-bomb a customer over a lost sale. Sadly, that’s what happened to me at Scott’s RV in Vancouver, WA yesterday. I’ve been researching RVs for several years, trying to understand storage, maintenance, RV park costs, tires, shower sizes, water tanks, and all the things you need …

Citibank “customer service”

Another not-so-good experience with another company. This time, Citibank. I’ve had an American Airlines credit card with Citi for YYYEEEAAARRSS… but in the past many years, I’ve only kept the card because of one of the features – virtual account numbers (“VANs”). Citi allowed me to sign into my credit card account, generate a virtual credit card number – with an amount and length of time before it expired. It was designed for buying things online… especially at merchants that might not be as trusted as others. I …

Google Chromecast “Support”

This is the transcript from a Google Support chat. It’s sad when even the simplest support request is too hard for customer server / technical support to understand. Christine 10:34 AM – Thanks for contacting us! My name is Christine . I’m happy to answer any questions you have about Google Home. Christine 10:35 AM – Hi Dave! Christine 10:35 AM – How can I help you today? Dave Tavres 10:35 AM – Hi there… I’ve been using two Chromecast devices on two TVs for several years… In …

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Customer Service FAIL

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 4675 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102 Recently, I’ve been seeing ads for “Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers“, and the photos of the food looked amazing. So, I finally decided to try them out, and found the nearest location near me in Las Vegas. They close at 10pm, so I had plenty of time to get there. I got there at 8:47pm, on a Tuesday night. There were two cars in front of me – one at the speaker box, one car …

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