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Old 09-01-2009, 06:49 AM
 
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I've been collecting unemployment benefits and having these deposited into an NC "EPPI" debit card account instead of receiving checks each week. This is very convenient, but I'm finding that I cannot use this card at some businesses. I've never had a debit card before, so maybe I'm using it incorrectly. When I buy something at a business (e.g., Target, Home Depot, restaurants, grocery store) and pay at the cash register, it works OK. But when I buy something online or over the phone (e.g., ordering plane tickets, reserving a hotel) or try to pay at the pump at a gas station, it gets denied. Is this just a "feature" of this NC ESC debit card, or is it operator error?
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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My wife is unemployed and has the same issues. She can go into the gas stations and prepay inside with the card, but she cannot use it at the pump. She hasn't tried tickets or anything yet.

What she sometimes does is withdraw some of the money then deposit into our checking account and uses her normal debit card with no problems.
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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She can go into the gas stations and prepay inside with the card, but she cannot use it at the pump.
Exactly. Unfortunately I can't do that because I have 2 kids in car seats. I'll probably have to do the cash advance/bank deposit trick too. I can't use the money in the account fast enough with only a trip to the grocery store each week.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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You can get the UI direct deposited into your bank account and use your own debit card. That's what I did.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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how long did it take you to receive your debit card for unployment? ive been waiting 2 weeks for mine
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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how long did it take you to receive your debit card for unployment? ive been waiting 2 weeks for mine
I don't remember. That was over 8 months ago and I've had a few beers since then.
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