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If any of you people are thinking about ordering food from suppliers, you might want to see how our illustrious banking system is resorting to combatting Y2K.

Banks Seize Y2K Suppliers Credit Card Accounts

-- notaproblem (pantry@isfull.good), April 14, 1999


This definately sounds "fishy", but it is hard to prove anything. My first reaction is that the banks want to limit the ability of Y2K companies to "cause panic". Much of the web-based and short-wave Y2K awareness is funded by Y2K suppliers.

Personally, I advocate a "roll yer' own" approach, shopping at COSCO, Sams, etc. in small increments, rather than the "big bang" approach of buying everything at once.

-- Anonymous99 (, April 14, 1999.

I tend to believe this, because I ordered a grain mill from a Y2K supplier quite awhile back. I got a telephone call about a month later from someone purporting to represent my credit card company (MasterCard) asking me to verify that I had made the purchase. I refused to answer any questions and hung up the phone, suspecting a scam of some kind. It's the only time I've ever had a call like that.

We have a small business dealing in fine antiques, and resisted credit cards for the longest time, and finally gave in. When I read this headline this morning, I immediately called hy husband at the office to tell him the mystery call has been cleared up.

This ought to be a wake-up call to all of us, because when you consider that banks have decided that they have the right to arbitrate who gets to sell what to who, we have problems that are bigger than Y2K!

I hope that all posters and lurkers will get on the phone to whoever and raise heck if this is as true as my experience suggests it is...

....mad housemouse this morni

-- housemouse (, April 14, 1999.

Well, if it's on Worlnetdaily, it must be the truth. I'm sure It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact the right-wing windbags at WND rely almost entirely on Y2K merchants to finance their crusade of hate? Could it...

-- Y2K Pro (, April 14, 1999.


You just got independent confirmation from the poster above, but you want to continue to dribble your garbage. Wise up non-pro fessional, and act like you have more than one cell between your ears.

-- Y2K Pro debunker (he@he.he), April 14, 1999.

Y2k pro-

Funny thing about WorldNetDaily, they come out with these outrageous stories filled with "anonymous sources," "off the record," etc. etc., and everyone immediately dismisses them as right-wing nuts with an agenda.

But then a few weeks or months later, what they reported invariably proves to be TRUE!

They're not perfect, but I would say WND has an "Oops" rate no worse than Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, or the New York Slimes.

The "left wing nuts" in the mainstream media can't stand the competition. However, I think it's great.

-- rick blaine (, April 14, 1999.

I've corresponded with Greg Caton and ordered from Lumen Foods for years. I can tell you that Greg and Lumen are very real (see I doubt that even Wired would risk being sued for misprepresentation. It's also possible that there IS some fraud going on, on the part of unscrupulous Y2K supply companies (and we know there are some,less than pristine suppliers out there).

When we first moved down to NC we charged an enormous amount of stuff until we got our bank accounts transferred, local merchants being reluctant to accept out-of-town checks. I knew that CC companies got worried whenever there was a sudden increase in charges so I called them to tell them not to worry. They agreed, said they might have suspended the account temporarily without my notification.

Based on those two factors, I'm of the opinion there's something to the Wired story. What's ironic is that Lumen supplies food to several government institutions under government contract. Let's hope THEY don't pay by credit card.

-- Old Git (, April 14, 1999.

Not only do I smell conspiracy and harrassment here, but i would think this would give customers the willies, knowing that the govt KNOWS they are stocking up and just how much and what they will have. Perhaps it is intended to do so. I mean, given a choice of buying grow lights from a company that specializes in them and risking having the feds bust your home looking for illegal stuff, wouldn't you choose to just buy regular worklight florescents at the hardware store one at a time and avoid getting hassled for growing tomato starts?

After all, the feds don't WANT us to stock up- they said so.

-- anita (, April 14, 1999.

So, now the Feds (via the banks, etc.) know who ordered food, how much they ordered and where they are. Wonderful!

-- Bus Clark (, April 14, 1999.

This thread may be the height of paranoid claptrap. I say "may" because so many GIs keep setting the standard higher...

-- Y2K Pro (, April 14, 1999.

I think there is a conspiracy to debunk all these conspiracy theories.


-- (Shaking.his.head@in.disbelief), April 14, 1999.

Y2K Pro debunker wrote:


You just got independent confirmation from the poster above, but you want to continue to dribble your garbage. Wise up non-pro fessional, and act like you have more than one cell between your ears.

Independent confirmation of what? An antique dealer says they got a call about a credit card a few months ago and that is "independent confirmation" that banks are conspiring against Y2K vendors? I guess it is intuitive to you GI types. By the way, why not look at the link above (World Net Daily Exposed) and then let me know if you would like fries with that crow sandwich.

-- Sheesh!!! (, April 14, 1999.

Those are my toes you're treading on. I have many faults, but one of them is not lying. This probably mean that I am unfit for high public office, and that tact isn't my stong suit.

I did receive that phone call, from someone at MasterCard, which I carry through Marine Midland Bank, asking me if I ordered the merchandise from a Y2K supplier (not Lumen Foods or anyone big). He knew the amount of my order, and asked if I had made the purchase.

I refused to talk with him, as he was just a voice on the phone. Because neither I nor my husband have never had a phone call like this in all our years of using MasterCard, I thought this was highly unusual, especially since the amount in question was not particularly high.

I believe the WorldNetDaily article. But I can understand your suspicion and scepticism, as I was equally suspicious of that voice on the phone purporting to be from MasterCard. Since it happened about two or three months ago, it is too late for me to get someone's name and number for you to independently verify the call to me....

Too bad for our sense of privacy, I'm afraid. I know I've l

-- housemouse (, April 14, 1999.

Hey Y2K Pro,

Why not read the article and check out the names and companies mentioned there? I am right now (so far, one of them confirms the story). It happens that my primary account is with US Bank (one of those named in the story) and I'll be checking tomorrow. If it's true, US Bank will become my former primary bank.

-- Dean -- from (almost) Duh Moines (, April 14, 1999.

To All ,

Why I or a lot of others can't be president of the U. S. A.

I was drafted in 1967 & served 6 months in a combat zone .

I INHALED when i smoked Marijuanna . :o)

My WIFE believes that a B.J is Sex.

About the phone . I got mine for my CONVIENCE,not telemarketers ,not for POLLS , not for giving out personal information . FOR my use .

HANG UP on the rest & dont feel paranoid, after all its your money .

-- Mike (, April 16, 1999.

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