EDIT: The bears are donated to hospitals and charities. And they aren't all bears. I threw a beanie scare crow. We're not crazy.
There are, she said, nonnegotiable restrictions on the size of goalie pads, and no regulation goalie pads would even come close to covering the body of a man who makes John Goodman look svelte. In practical terms this means a mammoth net-minder would have to absorb quite a bit of punishment on his exposed body from hard rubber pucks hurtling toward him at upward of 100 miles per hour. To pull this off, a team would not only have to find a uniquely fat guy, they'd have to find a total masochist.
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Also, right now Christine is in Oslo seeing Al Gore accept his Nobel prize. If anyone can find video of it, let me know!
Splashy victory!! Read the store here.
- The new banner is from this free site. Thank you DHester for posting such nice headers. He has a lot of interesting images of shattered glass.
- I made the digg button less conspicuous. Now people won't know that I'm getting 0 diggs. =)
- The widgets are rearranged a little and the colors are all different.
- I'm using Arial font now. I tried out a serif font but I'm back to my old favorite.
From the Visa website:
Visa merchants are not permitted to establish minimum transaction amounts, even on sale items. They also are not permitted to charge you a fee when you want to use your Visa card.
If you run into a problem like this with a merchant, please notify the financial institution that issued you your Visa card. These institutions have access to the appropriate Visa rules and regulations and can help you document and file your complaint. You'll find their address and/or telephone number on your Visa statement. Their telephone number may also appear on the back of the card itself.
Many small retailers complain that high fees force them to take these measures. I don't understand why they haven't factored those costs in when pricing their merchandise. As a consumer, it's not my responsibility to worry about a merchant's cost of business. All of that should be kept behind the scenes and not interfere with my transaction. Not only is it unprofessional, but it will also turn off a lot of shoppers that put small purchases on their cards to earn reward points.
For your reference:
Visa, Mastercard: Minimum purchase requirements and fees are not allowed. Call the number on the back of your card to report the merchant.
AMEX, Discover: Minimum purchase requirements and fees are allowed as long as they are the same for all card types.
Note: These rules apply for both credit and debit cards. For more information, see the following articles: