Originally these popped around Valentine’s Day. I threw up a post based on what I saw. That was that.
I figured the media would find this curious and follow-up. Crickets. And white collar crimes seem to be a media thing these days, including on the Main Line. And because it’s white collar you would think consumer affairs TV reporters might be interested? Nope. Crickets.
Today I wondered “what ever happened?” so I went back to the court dockets. New dockets. New entries. A formal arraignment on March 23, 2023 at 9:15 AM in front of Judge Analisa Sondergaard unless it gets moved. And when I looked again at the Crimewatch entries were updated to include photos, so now the names have faces.
So I am guessing this guy is a chiropractor in Florida now? (It came up in a Google search. You can look up the FL license, it’s public, also listed on PA state site so I guess that is it, huh?) Business must have been in West Whiteland since that is the PD that did it? And now there is the Chester County DA listed on the new dockets?
Don’t know the man. Don’t know the wife. But that is some interesting stack of charges on him and if you read the dockets, the charges say 2009 which means this has been going on a while??? How do you do that? Greed? Malice? Stupidity? Whatever the case may be, this one has the earmarking of a doozy of a tale, doesn’t it?
Sure is interesting. Sure feel sorry for whomever they did dirty. Maybe now the media will pick it up now that there are photos on the Crimewatch listings and a late March court date?
Goodness. M. Kaplan Interiors is back in the news. Quite the whopper of an article in the Daily Local. BOTH Kaplans have been charged: Vuitton toting over-priced car driving Margaret, and Matthew who apparently is in some hospital somewhere according to the article?
….Matthew Kaplan, 54, of Abington, Montgomery County, is charged with 15 separate counts of deceptive business practices, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by false impression, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. His wife Margaret Kaplan, 56, also of Abington, is charged with three counts each of the same offenses. All are felonies.
The couple has yet to be arraigned by Magisterial District Justice John Bailey of West Whiteland, Matthew Kaplan was arrested last month and charged in four cases, and was released on bail. The other alleged victims came forward after news of his arrest was reported.
A telephone message at the business on Friday stated that Matthew Kaplan had been admitted to a hospital in February. He could not be reached. He was represented in the first set of allegations by attorney James Bonner of Media.
M. Kaplan Interiors, located on Lancaster Avenue in the township’s Malvern section, began business in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia in 1922, with its founder, Morris Kaplan, providing parlor sets, appliances, and baby carriages, “at a time when business was done on a handshake,” according to its website….”Now in its 3rd generation, M. Kaplan continues to design and furnish homes throughout the United States and abroad,” the site proclaims, “Proudly, a small family-owned and operated business carrying on the family tradition.”
A proud family tradition is, however, not what those making complaints to East Whiteland police said they found, however.
Here are the dockets:
Apparently grifters make the world go round.
Below is the prior post. If you were a victim of this business, contact East Whiteland Police.
Every damn day. Every damn day there is some piece of news out of the Temple University area about crime. Violent and petty crime. Last night a Temple University Police officer was murdered. By an 18 year old out of an expensive area in Buckingham, Bucks County and yes I looked up where the kid lives. Given his photos on Instagram about his love of his Ducati motorcycle someone’s parents may have more money than sense.
The shooter as per media reports is 18 year old Miles Pfeffer of Quarry Road in Bucks County. He lives with some family on “Boxley Farm” in Buckingham. Quite the piece of real estate.
So since media reports say Miles Pfeffer just turned 18 so is he a senior in high school and what would a kid from a place like that be doing in North Philadelphia car jacking someone at gunpoint?
And what is his family all about that they didn’t realize what their kid was up to? Didn’t they look at his social media? Everyone else has been looking at his Instagram for example. Trying to be a gangsta, and then you wonder were the parents parenting at all?
And let’s talk Temple University. If you know anyone who works there or if you were one of the thousands of parents in the region with kids there you know every day there’s something on the news and it’s never positive in relation to Temple University and North Philadelphia. It’s 24/7/365 crime. The university president Dr. Jason Wingard and his public safety blondie Jennifer Griffin seem to schmooze and massage press releases, etc., but what are they actually doing ? I won’t bother with wondering the same with the City of Philadelphia because it’s just Crimeadelphia Filthadelphia 24/7/365.
Just a few short years ago, Miles Pfeffer posed for photos on Instagram with largemouth bass and other fish he’d caught. He was 15, but looked young enough to be in middle school.
Then it was dirt bikes, then a Ducati, and by last November, he was sitting atop a basketball hoop, fanning out $20 bills. Another Instagram photo later that month showed a male with a concealed face, displaying money in a similar fashion — but with what appeared to be a Ruger semiautomatic pistol tucked into his waistband. “Work smart not hard make stupid decisions face stupid consequences,” Pfeffer wrote.
The Temple University Police Officer who was shot was 31 years old. A family man. A son of parents in law enforcement according to other things I have read. He is from a legacy of protect and serve. Officer Christopher Fitzgerald. Say his name. He was shot in the head so there is no doubt as to the intent of the shooter is there? People love to talk about the bad people in law enforcement all over this country and then you look at what happens to the people who are good law-enforcement, and are they spoken of enough?
And now the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that this kid tried to rob the officer of his gun while on the ground, shot. The sheer inhumanity blows my mind.
Temple University has reportedly underreported crime. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on that in November, 2022. So did other media outlets:
When professor Jeffrey Doshna read Temple University’s latest crime report, he was immediately struck by a seeming omission.
The murder of Samuel Collington last November, less than two blocks from a campus building, wasn’t reflected in the statistics. In fact, the university reported zero murders either on or off its main North Philadelphia campus for 2021, just as it has for every past year on record.
By federal law, Temple didn’t leave anything out. Universities are required to report only crimes that occur directly on campus, on public property adjacent to campus, or at off-campus affiliated university buildings. The result is that killings that took place last year in what many consider Temple’s neighborhood — on the 1700 block of North 16th Street, the 1700 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue, or the 2200 block of North Park Avenue, where Collington died — are unaccounted for in Temple’s annual crime report.
~ Philadelphia Inquirer 11/20/22
Temple University is a terrific school but they can’t keep their students, staff, or police force safe, can they? That has to change. It is incumbent upon the board of trustees of Temple University to act. This is the current board of trustees:
Barry C. Arkles, Ph.D., ’70 College of Science & Technology, 76′ College of Science & Technology, Ph.D. Retired
Leonard Barrack, Esq.,’65 Fox School of Business, ’68 Beasley School of Law Barrack, Rodos & Bacine
Michael E. Breeze, ’96 Fox School of Business & Management New Direction Capital
Patrick M. Browne, Esq.,(G)* , ’93 Beasley School of Law Pennsylvania State Senator
Stephen G. Charles, ’80 School of Media & Communication Retired
Joseph F. Coradino, ’74 College of Liberal Arts PREIT Services, LLC
Paul G. Curcillo, II, M.D.,’84 College of Science & Technology Fox Chase Cancer Center
Nelson A. Diaz, Esq.,’72 Beasley School of Law, ’90 Honorary Degree Dilworth Paxson LLP
Patrick J. Eiding (G)* President of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
Judith A. Felgoise, ’87 College of Education The Abramson Family Foundation
Deborah M. Fretz (H)*,’77 Fox School of Business & Management Retired
Lewis F. Gould, Jr., Esq., (S)*, ’62 School of Pharmacy Duane Morris, LLP
Lon R. Greenberg Retired
Tamron Hall, ’92 School of Media & Communication Broadcast Journalist, Television Talk Show Host
Sandra Harmon-Weiss, M.D.,’71 College of Liberal Arts, ’74 Lewis Katz School of Medicine Retired
Kellyn Hodges., D.M.D. (G)*, ’92 Kornberg School of Dentistry, ’94 Kornberg School of Dentistry (Masters) Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics
Marina Kats, Esq.,’85 Fox School of Business & Management, ’88 Beasley School of Law, ’95 Beasley School of Law (Masters) Kats, Jamison & Associates
Drew A. Katz Interstate Outdoor Advertising
Patrick V. Larkin, Esq., (S)*, ’74 Fox School of Business, ’82 Beasley School of Law AJG Risk Management Services
Marguerite Lenfest Retired
Solomon C. Luo, M.D. Progressive Vision & Surgical Institute
Joseph W. Marshall, III, Esq., (S)*, ’75 College of Liberal Arts, ’79 Beasley School of Law Stevens & Lee/Griffin Holdings Group
Anthony J. McIntyre, ’80 Fox School of Business AJG Risk Management Services
Christopher W. McNichol (H)* Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
J. William Mills, III Retired
Mitchell L. Morgan, Esq., Chair,’76 Fox School of Business, ’80 Beasley School of Law Morgan Properties
Leon O. Moulder, Jr., ’80 School of Pharmacy Retired
Bret S. Perkins (H)*.,’91 Fox School of Business Comcast Corporation
Michael H. Reed, Esq.,’69 College of Liberal Arts Troutman Pepper, LLP
Phillip C. Richards, ’62 Fox School of Business, ’16 Honorary Degree North Star Resource Group
Charles E. Ryan, (H)* Liberty Energy Trust, Liberty Infrastructure Trust
Jane Scaccetti, ’77 Fox School of Business Drucker & Scaccetti
John F. Street, Esq., (G)* Former Mayor of Philadelphia
Christine M. Tartaglione, (S)* Pennsylvania State Senator
Honorary Life Trustees
Alan M. Cohen
Peter D. DePaul
Lacy H. Hunt
Theodore A. McKee
Patrick J. O’Connor
Daniel H. Polett
The Honorable Josh Shapiro, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Honorable James F. Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
The Honorable Eric Hagarty, Acting Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
In the wake of this horrific tragedy and event, there are many conversations which need to be had. But the first one is keeping kids at Temple, employees at Temple including the police force, and the people around Temple University safe. That means that Temple and the City of Philadelphia need to get off their asses.
My final comment is if you care about the students at Temple being safe, make sure you follow Keep Us Safe @ Temple U . These kids are being quite brave to do this. I am sure Temple University officials wished they did not exist. They tell the truth as opposed to those in charge. Linktree here for Keep Us Safe .
People have been whispering about this for quite a while. No exaggeration. Waiting for West Chester Borough to talk about the issue(s) in Parking Services. Well charges, finally, months later have been filed.
Former West Chester Borough Employee Hector Mojica has been charged as follows as of 1/10/2023:
18 § 3921 §§ A F3 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 3925 §§ A F3 Receiving Stolen Property
18 § 3927 §§ A F3 Theft By Fail To Make Req Disp Funds
For some reason there had been a rumor about him making restitution, so what happened there? And how was the theft occurring? Emptying parking meters, do people pay tickets in cash? What? HOW MUCH MONEY IS ALLEGEDLY MISSING AND OVER WHAT LENGTH OF TIME?
So guess this is a developing story so maybe some media outlets will take a lookee lou?
I will sign off saying between this and the rain tax and all the other West Chester Borough rumblings, maybe this year will be a bumpy borough year?
I am sure Radnor Township and many other municipalities are thrilled that I have decided to “phocus” on Philadelphia today.
It’s always hard to say what the most negative thing is about Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at present. And as a native born Philadelphian, I don’t say this lightly.
Filthadelphia and Crimeadelphia are two of my favorite nicknames. I was born in Philadelphia in the mid-1960s. We lived there with my parents until the mid-1970s. I saw a lot even as a kid, and one of the things that finally drove my parents from the city in the mid-1970s was crime. And it was crime in part that happened to a friend of mine and myself. We were riding our bicycles in our neighborhood and we were jumped by a gang of kids from elsewhere. We were literally two little girls riding our bikes. And because we didn’t have anything worth taking, including our bicycles, they instead smashed the glasses of my friend into her face.
As a grew up I watched Philadelphia have fits and starts of a renaissance. During the Bill Green years (94th mayor), the Ed Rendell years (96th mayor), and with the Michael Nutter years (98th) you often felt better about the City of Philadelphia. A fun, unrelated fact is one Philadelphia mayor, J. Hampton Moore, who was the 83rd and 86th mayor and a member of Congress lived at one time in the house we called home in Society Hill when I was little. The current lame duck mayor is Jim Kenney. He is the 99th mayor of the City of Philadelphia.
To me, Jim Kenney is like the Dr. Oz of Philadelphia mayors of recent history. Started out talking a big game, but there’s nothing to back it up. And now he’s just a lame duck who limps along. And then if you look at what else is happening today, it’s like every day you wonder if someone else resigned from Philadelphia City Council to run for mayor?
Philadelphia is a major city in shambles. Crime literally runs the city, and the city is also literally filthy. There is trash everywhere and then if you look at the streets within the city of Philadelphia, and the sidewalks, they are like a giant hazard every day. From potholes to broken sidewalks, random holes in sidewalks to where grates are missing and someone could actually fall in some kind of a hole and really hurt themselves, Philadelphia is disgusting. And this is so horrible because Philadelphia is the birthplace of America!
So today when I saw a post on Facebook from a friend of mine it was like I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer. This friend of mine is an artist, he is one of the premier portraitists in the United States today, and probably extending as far as different parts of the world like Europe.
His name is Garth Herrick. He is not some kind of flashy, showboating artist, he’s a working artist. He is a gentle soul and a kind person and humble. He’s the kind of person that would stop to help you if you were in distress and he would do it even if he didn’t know you. He’s just a good person. Because he lives in the city he often rides his bike because look at Philadelphia? Do you ever try to park on the street Philadelphia? Or what happens if you give up a space? Also, he is an avid cyclist in general and he cycles everywhere.
He was going down the street in the right direction, sounds like a smaller street or something like that, and he encountered a cab coming the wrong way. What ensued is absolutely nuts, and essentially the cab driver beat the crap out of him.
After ramming Garth on his bike with his cab, it was recounted that then the cab driver got out of his car and went after Garth and his bike. Garth had nowhere to go and had warned the cab driver he was going the wrong way on a narrow one-way street. I think the cab driver sounded like he was screaming at my friend to get out of his way. The only problem with that is there were actually cars behind my friend as well proceeding in the proper direction. I don’t think he had much of anywhere to go?
According to what he said, and a statement that he and apparently another witness gave to the police it was a cab driver from Germantown Cab Company. The witness actually got the license plate according to what Garth posted.
Now let’s get to the rest of this. Germantown Cab Company has been in the news before. Not positive.
Philadelphia Business Journal and NBC 10report that the Philadelphia Parking Authority has shut down Germantown Cab Company, taking 150 taxis off the streets for allegedly failing to turn over proper documentation and background checks on the company’s drivers.
But that’s not the only thing. Apparently the Philadelphia Police Department didn’t show up for an hour and a half to the scene and how is that even possible????? My friend turned down their offer of medical assistance and friends took him to a local hospital to be treated that he was comfortable with. (Because that’s the thing in addition that makes this hard, when they send an ambulance or whatever to take you to a hospital it’s not necessarily where you want to go.)
My elderly mother has been accosted more than twice in front of her building in what is considered a good neighborhood by mentally ill homeless vagrants. The last time it happened it was so bad that someone kindly jumped out of a car on the street and pulled the homeless man off of my mother who was sitting on a bench next to the front door of her apartment building. When I asked my mother why she didn’t call the police she told me because when you call the police in Philadelphia a lot of the time they don’t show up or they show up hours later.
You hear horror stories about crime everywhere. But in Philadelphia it’s extra special. They have a police officer shortage to begin with, and a lot of controversy over what they call “extended tours“ for officers.
And I think a lot of this as far as the total deterioration of Philadelphia can be laid directly at the feet of lame duck Mayor Jim Kenney. He is what my great aunt from South Philadelphia would have referred to as a “bum.”
So Kenney, what are you going to do here, yo.? Why am I writing about this? Because this isn’t the end of the story. And I think this also needs airing.
When my friend was waiting for police to arrive, he posted about what happened including a photo of his battered face in his local Facebook group in Germantown. Some people were sympathetic, but others were downright terrible. He was accused of being like the living embodiment of white privilege to being called a “Karen.”
I have screenshots of these comments, but I am choosing not to share them. I think they would only serve to inflame tensions in a very beleaguered section of Philadelphia which is just tired of crime.
But victim shaming/blaming is just something I find reprehensible.
I have to ask have we stooped so low as a society that we can’t exhibit any compassion or kindness? And again my friend is a salt of the earth kind of human being, he is just simply a really good guy. I also wonder if in this instance if he wasn’t a guy reporting a crime within his local Facebook group while waiting for the police if it would have made a difference?
So that is it for this sad story of crime and victim shaming straight from the streets of Philadelphia.
I think we all need to do better and try harder no matter where we live. And here’s hoping that the City of Philadelphia does something about this. Enough law and disorder.
After writing about Radnor earlier this week with regard to Ardrossan area and Radnor farmer, I didn’t expect to write another post so soon. I am in the extended area at this point, so except for a couple of things here and there, it’s not my jam. Before I get into the meat of the post, vis-à-vis the post I wrote the other day about the Radnor farmer and the chemicals he uses on the fields, you have to think about the wildlife at the Willows. Here are photos I have taken over the years of some of the wildlife, and the sign about doing things in an environmentally friendly way that used to be posted at the Willows but I don’t know if it still is.
I have always loved the Willows, the architect Charles Barton Keen was a very dear friend’s grandfather and I have run across the occasional Zantzinger family member as an adult. They are one of the families which called the Willows home. Originally the house was called Rose Garland. Something that has always bothered me, is the house is referred to as a “mansion“ and it was never designed as a mansion. It was a moderately sized country house. Also Radnor Township likes to speak about how they “acquired“ the “mansion” in 1975. They neglect to tell everyone that they exercised eminent domain to “acquire“ the house.
Sometimes I wonder if the bad mojo that started at Radnor Township‘s ownership of the Willows has followed it into the present from the past. But I also think a lot of what has been wrong with the Willows is the fault of Radnor Township. It always used to be a venue for events and weddings. But in my humble opinion, the township kind of ran the Willows into the ground via benign neglect, and then eventually the Willows closed. Then there were all the years of who’s going to take over the Willows, who’s going to submit an RFP to run the Willows, what are they going to do with the Willows?
And I think there was a lot of benign neglect until this new nonprofit came in and kind of turned it around. At different points there was stuff done to the property that was wonderful. Like when there was the group the Friends of the Willows Cottage who did an amazing restoration on the cottage that now sits empty and rotting again. The fabulous era of the Willows Cottage was circa 2010. During that year I actually went to a few different parties there including an amazing summer solstice party which are the next photos I am sharing. I took and own the photos.
So when the Willows started being restored again this time around, I was so hopeful. I didn’t think it could be done honestly. The expense is enormous. But people love the house. And what has been happening so far is amazing. But I have to ask if Radnor Township and/or the Willows Park Preserve non-profit need to update or add a security system? Why am I asking ? See next screenshot.
This is rather sad as well as disturbing. After reading the article in Patch about this, a couple of things about the Willows occurred to me. I seem to remember the back in the day as in years and years ago they had a locked room in the basement for liquor and that’s where stuff would get locked away after parties or before parties, so why wasn’t liquor locked up in a municipal owned historic building?
The other thing is obviously they must not have a security system or security cameras because if they had either would they have discovered all of this on a Monday morning at 10 AM when they opened up for the week? And if there was security perhaps the vandalism would not have occurred let alone the theft. This is undoubtedly kids I think – of course it remains to be seen if they are high school kids or college kids, but this definitely smacks of kids by the very nature of it. I hope too much money wasn’t lost.
Sorry not sorry, it sounds like pennywise and pound foolish Radnor. I hope if Radnor can’t get their act together and install proper security on this site that one of the many well healed in Radnor Township who love the “mansion” as they call it, pony up to repair what needs to be repaired due to vandalism and for a proper security system that includes cameras. They could even get a wireless system like so many people are using today couldn’t they?
And I also just don’t understand what motivates anyone to break into a historic house and vandalize it. Is this the kind of world we are living in now? Do other historic houses in the area have to worry? Should this be a wake up call to other historic houses?
It’s a sad state of affairs that anyone did this to such a lovely place. And I hope if anyone knows anything, that they do the right thing and contact Radnor police.
We never met, but I still think of you often. The mainstream media seems to have forgotten you, but me, your friendly neighborhood blogger and many others have not. So I thought I would write you a letter.
I have three women as friends who were Polish by birth like you. Two I worked with once upon a time, and one is a very dear friend and married to one of my oldest friends in the world. Like you they emigrated here and became citizens to live their American dreams. They are among the most genuine and lovely people I know.
They all love Christmas. I am guessing you did too. One of these friends of mine for years has been sharing the beloved Polish Christmas tradition of the Oplatek, or the Christmas wafer. I don’t have to tell you about what the wafer is, as you know. But for everyone else reading this, please enjoy what the Polish Women’s Alliance of America has to say:
Christmas Wafer – Oplatek
Sharing of the oplatek (pronounced opwatek) is the most ancient and beloved of all Polish Christmas traditions. Oplatek is a thin wafer made of flour and water, similar in taste to the hosts that are used for communion during Mass. The Christmas wafer is shared before Wigilia, the Christmas Eve supper. The head of the household usually starts by breaking the wafer with his wife and then continues to share it with everyone at the Wigilia table. Wishes for peace and prosperity are exchanged and even the pets and farm animals are given a piece of oplatek on Christmas Eve. Legend has it that if animals eat oplatek on Christmas Eve, they will be able to speak in human voices at midnight, but only those who are pure of spirit will be able to hear them.
This tradition dates back many centuries when a thin, flat bread called podplomyk was baked over an open flame and then shared with the family gathered around the fire on Christmas Eve. Patterns would be cut onto the bread to make breaking easier. This is why oplatki today still have patterns on them, usually of Nativity scenes. You can order Oplatki from PWA. Learn how here.
Everyone who knows me Anna, knows how much I love Christmas. Some of my favorite mercury glass ornaments are Polish made. The ornaments made in Poland and Germany and once upon a time in the Ukraine are just truly magical.
This morning I stumbled across two things. One was a post written by a man who took part in searches for you in 2018. I never knew it existed. Here, let me share a little bit:
I spent part of my wife’s birthday recently looking for a dead body in the woods of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
I joined a group of about 20 people who had gathered in Malvern, Pa. to search for the missing-and-presumed dead body of Anna Maciejewska, a wife and mother who went missing in April 2017…Anna’s elderly parents in Poland, both cancer survivors, are grief stricken, frustrated and angry. And to make things worse, Anna’s husband has reportedly prohibited them from seeing their now four-year-old grandson.
Anna was not a young, attractive model or a wealthy socialite, and she didn’t fit into most of the other categories of missing persons anointed by the media as being worthy of intense and prolonged coverage. She was just an average American, like you and me, and she has vanished from the face of the Earth, leaving her family and friends distraught and seeking answers.
Most likely, you’ve seen clips on the news of packs of volunteers searching fields, woods and riverbanks for the remains of crime victims. It’s a horrid task and, in a way, nobody wants to find the object of the search – a body – as they cling to a sliver of hope that the person is somehow alive. That is, unfortunately, almost never the case.
But I can tell you that the search for a missing person is also a heartwarming act; it’s people banding together to help one another in a time of unimaginable stress and grief, especially for the victim’s family. An act of despicable inhumanity, the killing of an innocent person, paradoxically gives birth to an outpouring of love and unity among many, including people who did not know the victim….As one of mankind’s greatest minds, Albert Einstein, said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
Anyone with information about Anna’s disappearance is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police at (610) 486-6280.
And also this literally happened recently – a podcast I find intriguing The Ever Evolving Truth has picked up the mantle of talking about this. There is also a page on Facebook called Fresh Eyes on Anna Maciejewska. It gives me hope, even if I don’t agree with some of their take on your disappearance so far. BUT they are paying attention to what happened to you, and I pray their interest sparks other renewed interest from media, law enforcement, etc. I also agree that even if you don’t agree with something, maybe see it through so every angle is covered, right? As an actuary you would look to all of the details to make sure you were correct, right?
Maybe the miracle of Christmas will help find you and bring you home? We all pray for that, Anna.
A Christmas wish and a wish for the New Year is for you to be found, Anna. You deserve to rest, your little boy deserves to know where his mama is, and your beloved parents deserve closure and answers along with your friends.
2 1/2 years missing is too long.
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia, Anna Maciejewska.
The above arrived today via UPS. My husband had to bring it in because I can’t lift anything heavy right now. ￼ It was from Mieli.
We opened the packing box￼. It came shipped to me in my married name, and billed to me in my married name￼. A very expensive vacuum cleaner.
Only I did not order one.
I thought it was a present from one of my family members for some reason so I called Mieli to find out who it was from.
￼The customer service lady sounded confused. Told me that I ordered it. And I said “How would I have ordered it￼?”
“With a credit card.”
Ding ding ding. All of the alarm bells go off in my head. I said to the woman can you please tell me the credit card number. She gives me my Visa number￼￼.
I don’t use it very often. And the only time I had used it recently was for a meal (not grocery but take-out) delivery service and I had ordered fruit from a grower in Florida.
Oh and did I mention I’ve had this Visa card so long it was in my maiden name? Yet this vacuum cleaner came addressed to me in my married name￼. I do not know honestly how this ended up on my doorstep because I am not a customer of Mieli.
￼So I initiated a fraud investigation and claim with my credit card company. They suggested I call Mieli back and initiate a return of this gold plated vacuum cleaner￼. So I did that. And the customer service lady said she would email me some number and I got off the phone.
Then lightbulb went off. How could she email me? I’ve never purchased anything from this company nor received anything from this company as a gift or even seen a catalog from this company￼￼.
So I called Mieli back again. I told them I wanted a copy of the original receipt but I also wanted to know right now what was the email address used to fraudulently purchase this item￼? They gave me the email address.
If your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org you had better run. A fraud department is hot on your trail.￼ And quite possibly the police as that is my next call.
My bank theorizes that somebody was supposed to call the Mieli back and change the delivery address or call UPS to change the delivery address and screwed up and didn’t. Or maybe they were just going to show up and steal it from my porch.
I also went through all of my transactions on this card which aren’t very many because I don’t use it very often.
I am quite sure my Nancy Drew activities have exhausted my poor credit card bank￼. But I was also able to give them the little detail that the phone number used was close to but not my home phone number.￼
Oh and did I mention that I think this was purchased on Black Friday? I didn’t do any physical or virtual shopping on Black Friday. And a $500 vacuum cleaner is not something I’m going to buy. ￼
So chalk this up to a learning curve and it could’ve been worse. I am very grateful that my bank is so on the ball. But Fa La La it’s the holidays so be careful where you use your card￼￼.
From Radnor Democrats Public Facebook Page. It had as a caption “Radnor Democrats June 11, 2016 at 4:41pm · We always say that the Radnor Democrats have a big, diverse tent and to “join the Party.” Well, today, at the Wayne Music Festival, the Radnor Democrats LITERALLY have a big tent!”
It’s child porn and lots of it. It’s horrible. Truly horrible. Almost inconceivable.
Earlier this evening, Radnor Township itself held a press conference. I contacted the township and they provided me with what they had handed out except for the PDF of the court docket – I found that myself. Today was the preliminary arraignment.
Anyway, here it is and I will warn you it is truly disturbing:
So back to the three commissioners in Radnor who blocked a motion to have Ahr resign. Earlier this evening, they fell back behind the cloak of the Home Rule Charter of Radnor Township. So while they perhaps could not have made Ahr resign as of Monday, given the scandal their township and political party has endured in recent months, shouldn’t they have convinced him to resign? Or how about perhaps they should have NOT played politics at all and lived up to their oaths of office and convinced him to resign because they are supposed to look out for the best interests of the residents?
Once again, deeply troubling times for a township where I have many close friends….including those with children.
I am going to say, however, that no matter what your opinion is here, please allow law enforcement and those in the legal system do their jobs here. Please respect the terribly difficult jobs they have, especially with this case. Also respect the residents of Radnor Township who have to deal with this, especially the residents of Ward 7, Garrett Hill. Garrett Hill is a tight knit community that is suffering greatly. And pray for Phil Ahr’s family. He has now given them a terrible burden they will carry always.
Here’s a question for all of you: should local elected officials have to submit to comprehensive background checks including criminal in order to hold elected office?
This location is Runnymede at South Wayne Avenue in Wayne PA (Radnor Twp)- friend courtesy photo
So last night a friend messages me:
Hey Happy holidays! I’m asking you this because you might know – the small white vans being used during Christmas for deliveries, do you know if they are usps or a FedEx or ups or Amazon delivery person? I ask because today I saw a delivery person driving one of these actually put an Amazon package in the storm SEWER. So I am trying to figure out what agency to contact this to report it. SMH.
So I messaged her back how crazy that was and that Amazon is introducing dedicated drivers in small white vans in the area. How crazy must it have been to see a delivery person chuck a package like that?
I suggested she go to the police and contact Amazon.com. She showed me a picture of the package in the storm sewer which I am about to post:
She couldn’t figure out where the package was going because it was face down. Her local police department went out to the location this morning and the package was gone. It’s pretty deep to fish out from this storm sewer, so we’re at a loss as to how the package moved – either someone came along with something to fish it out or there was inexplicable water that washed it out of view.
But somebody somewhere is missing a package a few days before Christmas. I hope it was not a present for a child.
I am a big Amazon fan but I will admit I have had problems with some of their delivery people since they started adding dedicated delivery. I have had things just not get delivered or delivered late. It’s a relatively new service in this area with dedicated drivers, so obviously they have some kinks to work out.