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PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others Over the past few months many stories have come to my attention of people swiping for companies or people, and getting scammed to the tune of $100k+ each.

I'm not saying you can't offer to put something on your credit card for someone, but be smart. Even the most honest trustworthy people can hit a rough patch and be unable to pay back.

The specific stories I've been told were of out right scammers. Some had a great reputation, and were part of a community.

Bottom line - At the very least, consider swiping for someone an investment with risk. Don't put down more money than you can afford to lose. Even million dollar companies go under. Ask yourself, are you really willing to risk $20-50k and up for a few points?

If you believe you can trust someone, you should still have a hard limit in the range you can afford to lose, and don't go over it. The guy has truckloads of cash? Then let him prepay you, or put the money in escrow.

This is a very serious matter. Lives have been ruined. You've been warned.

Please don't PM for details. They won't be answered

January 01, 2014, 08:45:19 PM
Please (Make and) Post your Kiddush Hashem-Honesty Story In light of all the recent negative coverage of the frum community I thought its important to make an extra effort to make a kiddush Hashem- especially in all honesty related matters.

Sharing your Kiddush Hashem or honesty story is in itself a Kiddush Hashem- and you are encouraging others to do the same.

I will start with my little story which occurred this week:

I dropped my Keurig water container and some of the parts fell off. I couldn't figure out how to reassemble the parts so I called Keurig customer service and the rep said as a courtesy they will send me a new water reservoir for free. (Cost about $30 on amazon) She asked for my shipping address and I actually cringed a little when I specified Lakewood as my town.

She said it would take 7-10 business days to arrive but I wanted a coffee now :)  so when I hung up the phone I tried again and was able to figure out how to snap back the parts and my Keurig was back in service!

My initial thoughts were- great! I fixed it and I will also be getting a free backup in case it breaks again! Surely a huge company such as Keurig won't care, and at the time it was really broken- so totally legit!

But then I thought again about all that's going on and remembered cringing when I mentioned 08701. I said to myself even if legally and Al Pi Halacha I'm perfectly entitled to take the free water container, I will still make an extra effort to be 1000% honest and in addition though there's only the slimmest chance I will get the same rep, maybe somehow it will get noticed and I can make a Kiddush Hashem.

I called back to cancel the free part and lo and behold I got the same rep! She said I remember you and thanked me for reporting that I had fixed it myself- and yes, she did cancel the free part shipment- but I'm still very happy I took a small step toward impeccable honesty and making a kiddush Hashem.

I hope this will be one of many stories to come.

July 06, 2017, 06:14:44 PM
united gift registry discontinued??
the ability to add money has been non existent for a while. i then saw the above page. any idea if this is true?

September 16, 2017, 10:16:34 PM
Re: Where can I replace mirror glass for a piece of furniture
A glass vendor
That would be the best bet.

There are some tempered glass panels here:

December 11, 2018, 07:45:26 PM
Re: Car Lease Master Thread
Is it possible to transfer a Honda lease these days?
yes, i just researched this. takes time though. have the person whos giving you the car contact honda financial and provide them your information. honda will then send you the forms to fill out your personal info.
takes time as there is alot of back and forth with the mail. you could expedite it if you ship via fedex they told me

December 19, 2018, 11:44:55 AM
Re: Hertz President Circle
would i get an upgrade in tlv?
from stick to auto.

December 28, 2018, 08:50:48 AM
Re: Newark EWR Airport Parking Master Thread
Anyone know the current cheapest parking for Newark? Need to park for 10 days, old place I used to use on Groupon was around $60 after coupons, now it's $95. I've tried a couple online but all end up being over $100 with fees. I saw the post earlier about Extended Stay but I'd be arriving around 4am so would need a shuttle as well (though in theory if Uber from there was cheap, maybe that would be worthwhile).
Park in Elizabeth at an alternate side spot, I doubt the ticket is more than $35, Uber from the edge of Elizabeth to EWR is around $6 each way. We parked from Wed night to Tues morning in a Wed spot, but 10 days you’ll have to pay one ticket

January 06, 2019, 12:15:14 AM
Re: Rome Master Thread
The Pope of Rome was now in Abu Dhabi.  Greeted warmly by Dr Ahmad Al Tayyeb, who seeks the destruction of Israel. Why should a Jew be in the vatican of all places ?!?!?

Make sure not to go to Washington DC as I saw President Trump greeted warmly by Kim Jong Un who seeks the destruction of Israel. 

February 11, 2019, 08:13:31 AM
Re: Ad Campaign for spreading awareness anti credit card swiping businesses!
Anyone who has leverage with any publication that publishes these ads should push them to refuse posting them. Removing them will be more helpful than publishing a counter ad once or twice.
Hard to tell them not to take $$$ for ads. I'd say if enough $ is raised, you can pay them to not accept the ads.

February 27, 2019, 08:58:01 AM
Re: Kavey El Hashem-Ein Keloykeinu.How come in every shul i'm always falling behind?
Like most sefardic minyanim.
I have long contended that the רבש"ע enjoys those better than the Ashkenazic ones.

And those who are in a rush leave early.
Here's what the Alter Rebbe writes:

March 10, 2019, 06:45:54 PM
Re: Kavey El Hashem-Ein Keloykeinu.How come in every shul i'm always falling behind?
The average person speaks around 150 words per minute but many can go much higher (auctioneers can do as much as 400 words per minute). How many words are in תחנון and אין כאלקינו ?

March 10, 2019, 10:22:36 PM
Re: Groupon: Personal Kvitel (prayer note) placed into the Kotel with Pic/Video
Can we back up here? What exactly is the problem with this?? Someone is offering a service of placing a note into the wall and offering to either take a picture or video to prove that he did it. What’s the problem?
There doesn't seem to be a problem, good for the guy behind this, let him make a few bucks.
  If it's really meaningful for someone to have a note placed in the wall then so be it pay x amount for the kvitel.
    Since an average person is not flying out to Israel to put a kvitel inside the wall, here you have a service which charges and places the note in the wall for you.
  See no problem, noones forcing anyone to buy this, but to go and report and rat this guy out seems very sad, disappointing for someone to go and do that.
   Unfortunate that someone would do such a thing, even if someone did report it why post it publicly? 😞

September 19, 2019, 04:17:48 PM
Honestly, honestly do you feel smartphones have improved your quality of life? I don't want this to turn spiritual or political. I'm not interested in what your rabbi or priest said nor does it matter what the lady on the bus told you and no this is not another thread like this.

I want you to take a moment (or more) and truly look deep down and think if your overall life is better now that smartphones have taken over. I'm focusing on the "smart" part, I don't think anyone would argue that cellphones as they were once known are a problem and, yes, life did improve when mobile phones came to be. (The person that yaps away on their phone while on a crowded bus or in a quiet waiting room is the problem, not the phone)

Smart. The fact that it destroys your dinner table? (I know, I know, you put it on vibrate) The fact that you can text and drive and miraculously come out alive? (I know, I know, your sooo good at it) The fact that you have "whatsapp chats" of every shape and size stealing the last few free minutes that mom and dad have for their kids and/or for each other? (I know, I know, if you don't reply someone else will) The fact that you can sit aimlessly just...scrolling. Simply scrolling. Scrolling up. Scrolling down. Scrolling sideways. Just scrolling... (I know, I know, it's the 2019 version of 'reading the paper') 

Washing machines as we know them enabled one to no longer have to trek down to the river and wash the clothes, life improved tremendously, and an enormous amount of time was now freed up. That was in the early 1900s, today, about 100 years later they haven't changed that much. They might be smaller or have more buttons, but they still just wash whatever you decide to put in them. You still push the button(s) and walk away.

Smartphones came along about 15 years ago and since then they have changed countless times in size, shape, and features.  It still functions as a phone – connecting people from one end of the earth to the other in real time wirelessly – but that is sooo old school. Now this “phone” counts your steps. It deposits your checks. It records... everything. It buys your groceries. It wakes you up. It lets you see grandma on the other coast. It lets you know when grandpa came home. It lets you raise the heating from your car and lets you lower the AC while you wait to deplane. It calls your cab, orders your lunch, tracks your stocks, and tracks your inventory. It watches your front door and locks your back door. It opens the garage and closes your trunk. It pays the babysitter and invoices the client.  It turns your lights on and turns your microwave off. It connects you with your friend from elementary school and ensures you never hear from the weird guy at the bus stop. It directs you around traffic and navigates you through those back alleys. It lets you know who won the game and gets you the best seats to the next one. It is your calculator, your watch, your timer, your camera, your camcorder, your music player, your compass, your dictionary, your thesaurus, your encyclopedia, your map, your scorekeeper, your calendar, and even your money and passport.
BUT, is it your friend? Does the smartphone for all it has to offer give you more ‘time’ or does it just give you more timewasting activities?

You just saved 30 minutes by depositing a check on your phone rather then in the bank and in theory that should give you 30 more minutes to play with your kids, right? To eat a meal at a table rather then an “energy” bar on the go. To spend time with your spouse / mom / dad / a friend in need. Or did it give you time to get 30 more likes on Instagram? Which then led you to boasting about it on facebook, which led you to update your whatsapp status, which led your bff to update their snapchat status while your favorite chef just posted a new recipe which OMG I just have to check, which leads you back to Instagram but your suddenly stopped at the sound of a new email letting you know that your local dept store is giving away free tote bags to the first 500 people so you rush to post that on the neighborhood “free stuff” chat and then you see a whole slew of new messages that came in during the last 2 minutes. It’s a vicious cycle that repeats again, and again, and again. 

Sadly, your spouse / mom / dad / friends/ kids fall farther and farther away. It’s scary to think what the next 15 years or so will bring.

Oh, you’ll tell me it’s so much easier to study now that I have all my notes in my pocket. Or that your exercising so much more now that you can see how many steps you’ve taken. Or that you (and/or your kids) don’t have to wait for the bus in the cold anymore because your bus chat lets you know when the bus started. Or you can now get into a toasty warm car in the winter or a freezing cold one in the summer thanks to your cars app. Or you can have your cake and eat it too just by lifting no more then a few fingers (not hands, not feet, just fingers) thanks to doordash/uber eats/seamless/grub hub.

There’s no denying your life has a lot more conveniences now but that’s just it, it’s a convenience. Do all these extra perks outweigh the mounting burdens you are creating by imploding into whatever device is occupying your precious hands?

I think it’s time to finally put our smartphone into our dumb washing machine push the button and walk away. Walk away feeling refreshed without even having to wait for the washing cycle to complete. Walk away to the bank with that check you need to deposit and, on the way, say hello to that neighbor you used to see when you waited for the bus because you didn’t know when it was coming.

Life is great, the world is a beautiful place, why confine it all into a 6 inch screen?

(Note: I specifically avoided any spiritual/religious points, please don’t overrun this with them. And please, please, please don’t be that guy - “if you don’t have smartphone how are you going to post this” )

September 24, 2019, 03:30:45 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
That is a personal attack? I guess you feel defending a SCUMBAG mocking a teenage girl does look favorably on ones character? If that is your view them maybe you should rethink your position.
If I was attacking you personally you would know it.  :)
Oh go to bed old man. Maybe in your dreams something other than another 4 years of Trump will come out of this.

September 24, 2019, 07:26:09 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...

September 27, 2019, 01:06:54 PM
Re: Best Bye Shutdown Belongs in the misspelled titles Hall of Fame
December 08, 2019, 11:22:55 AM
Re: Its Open Season on Jews Jersey City population- 270k+
Black population- 68k+
Hasidic population- between 60 & 80 families. Bad terrible Jews for kicking everyone out.

January 02, 2020, 01:56:03 PM
Re: Kobe Bryant, one of the greats RIP!
Shtickle Golus vibes how the oilams so heartbroken. Klal Yisroel in pain needs our sympathy and support more
It’s symptomatic of the golus we are in. Same for those tuning in to Rush or Hannity for hours every day, or lining up at the Trump events. (Many of my political views happen to lean conservative by the way). And there are countless other examples of areas where frum Jews have lost sight of who we are, and that we are on a different trajectory than those around us, as talented as they may be. We are on a journey that spans thousands of years, and scores of host countries and cultures, on a path from Matan Torah to the final geulah. Anyone cognizant of this can not possibly identify in a personal way with the fleeting culture and company surrounding us that will all too soon fade into the forgotten past as surely as the scores of other proud cultures we have outlasted have. Our present environment, as grateful as we are to this malchus shel chessed, is but another brief encounter in our long journey that connects us with eternity.

 Chazal tell us
ותמלא הארץ אותם. שנתמלאו בתי טרטיאות ובתי קרקסיאות מהם, מיד גזרו עליהם לרוש מן המטה, שנאמר ותמלא הארץ אותם
In Egypt, the prototype of all future golus, it was at the point that the Jews started entering the theaters and places of entertainment, identifying with the Egyptian culture, that Hashem caused the Egyptians to turn on Klal Yisrael. As one of the pre-war gedolim once said:
והוצאתי אתכם מתחת סבלות מצרים
When they could no longer bear being part of the culture of mitzrayim
that is the point that they were ready to be redeemed.It’s sad, but simply a symptom of where many of us are holding

January 26, 2020, 06:22:31 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Agreed. But incredible nonetheless
You ain't been to Lakewood?  ;)

February 04, 2020, 04:45:23 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
March 11, 2020, 10:37:23 AM
Re: What were your isolation activities today?
With kids home it aint fun. Sure beats the alternative though.

I dont care about the kids home, I would like to stay at home so I dont hurt another yid if somehow the virus got to me.

March 18, 2020, 08:34:55 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shull
Why not join from your deck? You won't change people anyway.
שמוע מזבח טוב

Hashem wants us to listen to the rabbonim. I will have nothing to do with a minyan made in defiance. That is not frumkeit. It is hefkerus. That my children see that I listen to what every Rov in town said to do is much more important than tfila  "btzibur".

This is besides that joining from different places is only bshaas hadchack. Once the rabbonim say not to do it then it can no longer qualify.

March 22, 2020, 12:40:39 AM
Re: Antisemitism related to Coronavirus
Sickening petition:
I reported them, please everyone take a minute to do the same.

The allegations are completely false. Lakewood has on the whole been way MORE vigilant than the rest of Ocean County for the last week, preceding even the governor’s executive order. Also, there is a lot of anti Semitic sentiment being expressed in the comments, including some from ostensible health care workers. I fear they will believe this drivel and withhold some of their attention and care, even subconsciously. We cannot allow this to happen.

Please take a moment to report the violations to It is clearly defamatory, hate speech, and false and misleading.

Thanks for doing your part to keep people in Lakewood safe!

March 26, 2020, 11:10:30 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shull First of all, to say everyone on this thread is doing all they can in they can in the effort to advance social distancing is garbage, considering how many people have organized or joined minyanim in the last few days.

Second, @chevron made clear that his opinion is that information coming to and from Reb Chaim is being controlled by his inner circle. He also believes that coming out against minyanim today, when 2 weeks ago strong statements were made against c"v shutting schools, yeshivos, and shuls, is tantamount to shutting the barn door after the horses are running away. It's not the Rov who's being criticized, it's the information flow. You cannot rationally argue that the announcement to keep the status quo 2 weeks ago didn't have extreme repercussions.

I understand Kavod HaTorah and talking appropriately about Rabbonim and Gedolei HaDor. It's time we listened to the Torah and actually listen to doctors about what we should do, instead of waiting for Daas Torah to come out and say something. There are countless (hundreds) of letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, telling people that God gave the doctors the ability to heal, and it is our responsibility to listen to them. You shouldn't have to wait for your Rov to tell you to wash your hands.

March 29, 2020, 12:47:06 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
first I’m thinking I’m trippin’, than I thought ,oh wow new smart technology. Until it crashed lol
The self-driving bikes are performing exactly like the self-driving cars are. :)

March 29, 2020, 10:41:41 PM
ברוך רופא חולים People out of the hospital!
How about a thread dedicated to חולים שנתרפאו ב"ה?

Reb Nosson Stein from lkwd, came out of the hospital!!

Hodu L'Hashem !!!
Reb Yossel Mermelstein shlit"a was let out of the hospital!!

April 03, 2020, 04:25:26 PM
Re: ברוך רופא חולים People out of the hospital! I"H this thread will keep growing!
April 03, 2020, 04:34:38 PM
Re: ברוך רופא חולים People out of the hospital!
Please say tehillim for
Yom Tov Lipa ben Chaya
In the hospital

Baruch hashem he was discharged

April 06, 2020, 09:45:48 AM
Re: Places that have necessities still in stock
Along with everything else in your house.. at least they have firsthand knowledge of what works here!
sure they know what works. put a mask on your mouth and dont tell the truth. if not they have a "2ND" amendment. :o

April 19, 2020, 01:35:41 PM
Re: Is your income affected by the virus? Im self employed and no income for a few weeks.
Wife's employer paid first 2 weeks, now changing his mind. Hoping for the best.
Stimulus check not received, filed 2018 without DD and didn't file 2019 yet.

Thank you Hashem, that me and my wife are healthy and happy.
And thank you Hashem for the signal, that you are actually the one feeding me for the past 25 years.

April 19, 2020, 05:28:04 PM
Re: ברוך רופא חולים People out of the hospital!
Chazan Helfgot!  :)
I hope his lungs fully recover.

April 20, 2020, 08:23:10 PM
Re: Bill D’Blasio Warns "The Jewish Community"
   Funny that a random senator like Ted Cruz and all the jewish/frum politicians are trying to understand why he would tweet something like that.

Meanwhile I'm sitting over here trying to figure out why Jews think Suicide By Levaya is halachically ok, and why no other Jews are doing anything about it.

Oh, wait... The Shomrim coordinator wearing a mask on his chin was handing out masks with no gloves. They were doing something.

April 29, 2020, 12:33:26 AM
Re: What are MEN in the USA that usually go to the Mikvah daily doing?
Ok. So I've found 275 gallon totes on eBay for under $100. What does one use as a heater?
i got a used heating piece from the boiler which i hang on a yeshivish system with a sponja stick. u can figure out any heating unit to use

May 04, 2020, 03:32:08 AM
Re: Urgent Charity Request-Yust, AZ accident, for kevura BH $26K in under an hour. Thank you everyone. Mi Keamcha Yisrael. We know who we can rely on in a crunch
May 04, 2020, 12:58:52 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
May 05, 2020, 06:42:54 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
If 14 new cases is a second wave then we are gonna be shut down here in NY forever

Well, China does like to take a couple zeros off the end of a number :)

May 10, 2020, 08:24:02 AM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country This thread belongs in the positive news about covid19 thread!
Finally headlines no longer about corona!

May 31, 2020, 02:33:59 AM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
Passport Pictures near Shmuel Hanavi/Bar Ilan?
Also any place that prints US Size?
Take A picture with a regular camera, upload it here select your size (they have all sizes for all different countries)
save on to USB and print in any photo store for the price of a regular photo, it will save you time and money.

July 03, 2020, 08:10:53 AM
Re: Gentlemen: Charge your shavers! Haircut reminder The 3 weeks begin tomorrow night with the fast of Shiva Asar B'Tamuz.
July 07, 2020, 08:27:46 PM
Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself)
Cool! What aircraft and where do u fly out of?
Cessna 172M Skyhawk. Lakewood (my friend is the pilot)

July 13, 2020, 08:41:01 PM
Re: Random Posts its a donkey with a blanket sort of thing....
is there an optical illusion I should be seeing? am i supposed to read that sign way back in the background? is there a miniature camel somewhere? :o

July 21, 2020, 06:57:49 PM
Re: Is this a scam?
Thanks both.

My wife was about to order me these as a "present" cheap airpods!

Looked fishy but I'm not an expert. Thank goodness for DDF
I think she should buy you these instead:

July 22, 2020, 01:14:26 AM
Re: Random questions.
How do i create a  clickable word/phrase to nest a link?
(If theres a thread for this, please direct me)
Highlight the word or phrase and click on add hyperlink (button underneath italics)
It's easier if you toggle the view first by pressing the mouse icon

July 29, 2020, 12:09:27 PM
Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Intercourse. Authentic experience.
Must have a different meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch.

July 29, 2020, 04:04:29 PM
Re: Food/Recipe Thread
Anyone have good fish ideas for shabbos other than classic salmon that are tasty?
Seared tuna slices. Pepper crust it, make pan very hot, add a little sesame oil and sear.  Slice thin slices and drizzle soy/teriyaki/ to taste

July 30, 2020, 09:47:15 PM
Re: Food/Recipe Thread Moroccan, as mentioned above, is an excellent choice.  Or Indian.  Both very flavorful.
July 30, 2020, 10:22:48 PM
Re: Food/Recipe Thread
Sounds simple and delicious.
What should I expect to pay? Quantity needed pp? Where do you buy - frozen, local, online etc?
It needs to be very fresh.  I actually found in my local freezer sushi grade and it was very good.  But u can take and very fresh tuna steak as well.

You should also garnish with thinly sliced scallions

July 30, 2020, 11:15:23 PM
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August 03, 2020, 08:25:42 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread


August 06, 2020, 10:50:29 PM
Re: {ALIVE AGAIN} Baby Present for Dan: (DAN/JJ DO NOT READ THIS THREAD) Why do I get a sense that this thread has a long life ahead of it, with conversation evolving to bar Mitzvah gifts, to wedding gifts and coming full circle to baby gifts.  [Which emojy goes here?]
August 07, 2020, 08:28:48 AM