EDITED on 1/30/14 because certain family members think I share too much on my blog. I removed my bra size and need to clarify the reason my credit card was denied. I was part of the infamous “Target data breach,” so my credit card companies are hyper-alert for fraudulent charges. So please don’t worry, thank you.
You know you’re a mom when you only purchase your lingerie from Target. You also know it has been too long since you’ve spent any money on yourself when your credit card companies think it’s a fraudulent charge if you buy something from Victoria’s Secret and not your normal Target or grocery store.
This morning, I had a little kid-free downtime in between appointments so I decided to stop into Victoria’s Secret and pick up some bras that weren’t worn out nursing bras. Four years of motherhood and two years of nursing have wreaked havoc on my formerly perky boobs so I wanted to get fitted for my post-baby, post-nursing bra size.
As soon as I walk in, I’m greeted by a friendly, middle-aged man in a suit (whom I figured must have been a district manager by the way he was talking about sales to the other employees). “Umm, no thanks, I don’t need any help” (read: I don’t want to discuss my boob issues with a man in Victoria’s Secret). I only had 30 minutes to spend so I shuffled around avoiding the awkwardness of looking at lingerie with a corporate guy hovering next to me. Fortunately, a friendly sales girl helped me out and I was on my way to getting “fitted.” Turns out I’m back down to my old college size, but I would have never guessed it.
Fast forward 15 minutes and I’ve picked up some underwear, bras and pajamas and I am checking out. The grand total for 3 bras, some underwear, PJ’s and a fragrance mist that reminded me of college was much more than it would be at my fav, Target. A good reminder why I have only bought my clothes at Target for the past 5 years.
I swipe my Southwest Visa and the sweet college-aged cashier said it was declined. I thought it was strange, but since I got the dreaded “Target data breach email” recently, I figured maybe that was the reason. I pulled out my other credit card, an Old Navy Visa that I never use at Target. Declined AGAIN. We pay off our credit cards every month in full so I had no idea why both of my cards, from separate banks, were being denied*. Kind of embarrassing, but I used my debit card to pay and left since I was already running late to my next appointment. (*Please see edited note at top of post).
I called the first bank from the car and spoke to a nice Indian guy named “Jason” who told me they suspected fraudulent activity. He could barely pronounce Victoria’s Secret when he asked if I had made that charge so I had to pronounce Victoria’s Secret and let him know that yes, in fact, I did actually spend some money somewhere besides Target. He apologized for the inconvenience and lifted the hold on my card.
I called bank #2 and got the same spiel from another customer service agent who managed to express his concern that me spending money at Victoria’s Secret was so out of character that it has to be fraudulent. I assured him it wasn’t and he lifted the hold as well.
So now I know that I need to spread my shopping wings from only Target because even my credit card companies know I spend the majority of my money there. To make matters worse, I just unpacked my shopping bag and realize they didn’t even put the perfume I bought (and eventually paid for) in the bag. So the question is, do I call and tell them they left it out? “Remember me? The mom whose credit cards were all declined because the credit card companies couldn’t believe I would actually spend money on real lingerie?” Or do I let it go and never set foot in a Victoria’s Secret again?
I’m pretty sure my credit card companies just taught me to never stray from my Target loyalty.