I immediately called the bank and cancelled the card, then started calling the online retails since the charges were still pending to see if the transactions could be cancelled. I didn't want to pay for the items which were charged to me and I didn't want the crook to get them in the mail. There was no reason to reward his bad behavior.
My last call was to proflowers.com where I spoke with a flamboyant young man named Hunter. He had a few choice words to say about people who steal credit card info and then told me that my card had been used to purchase 3 bouquets (all identical) for 3 different women. He even read me the cards because as he said I had paid for them so there was no reason I couldn't know what I had purchased. The three cards read:
Sierra,I had a great time last night. I can't wait to see you again.James
I'm looking forward to seeing you this weekend. I have plans for us.
Katie,I miss you so much. I wish you were here. I'm counting the days until I get my hands on you again.James
Hunter and I laughed at the audacity of sending identical flowers to three different women who probably all thought they were "the one." Then I had a brain storm. "Hunter," I asked, "how hard would it be to switch around all the cards so they all go to the wrong girls?"
"I love you." His voice sang out. "The orders haven't been precessed yet so it would be no problem at all. Want me to do it?"
I really wanted to do it. You have no idea how much I wanted to screw with this punk's dating life, but then I realized that the bank would lose the $150 that the flowers cost because they would have to eat the charges.
"No." I sighed. "We'd better not. It would be dishonest to send the flowers and not pay for them."
"You're a good person," my co-conspirator said.
There was a pause where we both sighed a little sadly. Then he said, "I'm here until 4. If you want to call back, I can give you my extension. You won't send the flowers but I'll give you their addresses and maybe you could send them a little note."
"I think I love you, too." I told my new bff, and then I spent the day off and on composing my notes to these women in my head. Hunter's still working for the next hour. I could totally do it. I'm thinking something simple like:
What do you think? Should I send it? I would want to know if I were one of them. On the other hand, he might be a loony who took more than just my credit card # and I don't want to invite crazy to my house.Dear _______,Yesterday James decided to send you flowers which is really sweet except he stole my credit card to buy them and the identical bouquets he ordered for _________ and _________, so even though he's sending you flowers you're not the only one. Luckily, I caught the charge before it went through but not before he also purchased a member ship at Christian Singles and Catholic Match. He's not just into the three of you, he's still trying to meet other women.I just thought you should know the caliber of man you're dating. We girls have to help look out for each other.Better luck next time,Rebecca
****I sent the letters. Anonymously. From the Dallas post office. I included the phone number for proflowers along with the cancelled transaction # so that they could verify what I told them. I made sure to give them Hunter's extension. He's my new bff after all!