Local residents gathered in solidarity to support President Obama as the Senate’s top Democrat and Republican leaders meet this weekend to work out the final details to keep America from going over the Fiscal Cliff.
Finals are slowly coming to an end and there are only a few more days left until we all go home for winter vacation. If you’re looking for great places to take a break during the most stressful week of the quarter, Mad Platter is definitely the place to go. You’ll find everything from great music and movies to posters - you name it! It’s pretty much a music lover’s heaven and conveniently close to UCR. Since it’s located at the University Village, I always find myself browsing through vinyl while waiting for lecture to start at the theater.
The National Retail Foundation offers several tips to guide consumers in avoiding gift card scammers:
Don’t buy gift cards from online auction sites. Some of these cards are real, but many are stolen, counterfeit or used.
Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website, no matter how much cheaper they may be somewhere else. If you do buy a gift card online, make sure you buy it from the place that you plan to use it.
Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores. In addition, don’t assume that because gift cards are inaccessible to the public, they are safe. After all, store employees can participate in gift card scams too.
Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If you can see a PIN number, put the card back and get a different one.
Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it with. This will also protect consumers from crooks who exchange worthless cards for the cards you think you are buying.
Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card. Since many retailers can track where the gift card was purchased, activated and used, if the card is stolen, some retailers will replace the card for you if you have your receipt.
If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website. Although not all stores offer this option, you can uncover any misuse of your gift card sooner and report it quickly.
Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when you purchase a gift card.
“Dogs are dogs and they do what they do,” [Animal Friends of the Valleys’ Animal Control Supervisor, Officer] Middleton said. “But we live in a city and the law says we have the right to enjoy our private property without any trespass and noise is a trespass. If the noise comes through the fence, it’s a problem.”
Alongside ice skating, carriage rides, fireworks, and general good cheer, there will be a switch-on ceremony at 4:30 at the Mission Inn. It’s free, beautiful, and located around Main Street in Downtown Riverside. Go check it out, and enjoy your weekend!
The University of California, Riverside community will be collecting toiletries, canned goods and other supplies from November 1 through 7 in advance of the November 8 “Stuff the Bus” event to support Operation SafeHouse and teens in crisis.