“We’re sorry, but the funds could not be dispensed. The transaction was settled.”
This is the message that was printed on a receipt from an ATM I tried to withdraw money from. One thousand dollars, in Romanian currency. Enough to cover expenses, bills, rent, and all that needed to be paid for an entire month, including food, clothes, gym membership, and renewing the plan (and the domain) for this blog for another year.
At first, I thought the ATM malfunctioned, or there weren’t enough funds, or something like that. It had happened to me before. But when I checked my online account, the funds were missing.
I called the bank that operates the ATM, told them about this, and they said that it usually takes 15-20 minutes for the funds to appear back into my account. When that didn’t happen, I called Payoneer (my bank, so to speak) and told them about the situation.
This happened more than a week ago. I was told that the funds were on hold (in pre-authorization status) until the 9th, and that there’s nothing to be done until then.
You guys probably know me being desperate, trying to raise funds, sell anything at all, so I wouldn’t be evicted…
The 9th came and went, and the funds were still on hold. They still are.
And today I talked to customer support. For the fifth time. And they told me they’re going to file a complaint.
Just now. They didn’t do it sooner, they didn’t tell me about it the first four times I called them…
And I am in big trouble, because my domain expires tomorrow. I am $27 shy of purchasing the plan I have on this WordPress blog.
There’s little money for food.
The situation is ridiculous, and I need to think like the money is lost forever, because the truth is that I did not do my best simply because I was waiting for the funds to be returned to me. That may never happen, or it may happened after 90 or so days (I read about this on an online forum).
This is the last time I am asking for help, but I am going to lose the domain for this blog.
You can help me out by donating any amount you see fit here.
Any amount at all helps immensely.
Yes, I am considering legal action, but I am broke as hell right now.
If I had that money, I could afford it.
Right now, I have still to recover from this loss, and I have still to feel good enough to work like I used to.
If you want to help me out, you can donate any amount you see fit via PayPal here.