August 1, 2012

Employee morale The following is a response to the article, “Unhappy employees are staying put.”

“[Unhappy employees are] soon to be going, or at least when the economy improves — that’s when they will leave in droves because of extreme low pay and lack of respect from employers. Why wouldn’t they? No one likes being used or abused. Do you?” — Rick Heath

March 20, 2012

By late 2008, Mike Petro had seen enough. It was, for many, the height of the financial mess in this country, marked by bank failures, mortgage crisis, and bailouts; in his view, the financial structure of the United States was teetering on the brink.

“Middle-class workers were taking out home equity loans to pay bills because they were maxed out on their credit cards; their 401(k) plans were shrinking,” Petro said.

October 27, 2011

A conspiracy involving fraudulent credit accounts at Home Depot and Lowe’s obtained $241,600 in merchandise before federal and local authorities uncovered the plot, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of California.

September 30, 2011

A Home Depot sales associate in Deerfield Beach, Fla. helped end an organized crime operation that defrauded the retailer of more than $97,000 in merchandise, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

September 6, 2011

A Northern California man who pled guilty to operating an identity theft ring may lose his house because the building materials were purchased with stolen credit cards, according to an article in the Fresno Bee.

August 1, 2011

Home Depot credit card holders are receiving cards with a new design, new promotions and a new emphasis.

With store credit cards known in the industry as "billboards in the wallet," Home Depot has sharpened its messaging on both sides of the card.

June 14, 2011

Are banks and credit card companies charging too much for debit transactions? Here's what we heard:

May 1, 2011

Customers paying with their Lowe’s Consumer Credit Card receive an immediate discount of 5% on in-stock and special order purchases bought in stores or online at, Lowe's said.

Customers with single-receipt purchases of $299 or more can choose between the 5% discount or special financing currently advertised.

March 31, 2011

A story under the headline “Sitting down on the job: The lawsuit” generated several letters, including the following:

March 14, 2011

A man who worked at a Raleigh, N.C., lumberyard was arrested and jailed on March 9 for allegedly using a credit card belonging to his employer, according to an article in the News and Observer. 

Kendryl Direlle Garner, 42, was accused of making $797.40 in unauthorized purchases in April using the credit card of his employer, American Woodyards, a supplier of custom, cut and specialty lumber. 

March 1, 2011

The Scottsdale Police Department, working with fraud investigators from eBay, Home Depot, Walmart and federal authorities, arrested 36 suspects involved in a major retail theft syndicate that returned stolen merchandise to retailers and then auctioned the gift cards on eBay, according to a Feb. 25 news release from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The case has uncovered more than $1.2 million in proceeds from the crime, authorities said. 

January 3, 2011


A man suspected of using stolen credit cards and personal checks to make purchases from a Northern California Home Depot was arrested after sales associates noticed a variety of credit card orders were being shipped to the same residence, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

December 28, 2008

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December 14, 2008

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October 8, 2008

Pre-paid bankcards, offered by Visa and American Express, will continue to be the most desired...

August 13, 2008

Credit card criminals appear to be targeting pro dealers and home centers to separate them...

June 15, 2008

The stalled U.S. housing market continues to take its toll on U.K.-based Wolseley, a global...

December 26, 2007

The former owner of a South Boston hardware store has been accused of billing his...

September 17, 2007

West Elm markets home decor items to young professionals....

July 16, 2007

Computerized system will help protect consumers using credit, debit or check cards from fraud....