Friday’s credit card outage shows just how vulnerable NJ is

Have you ever felt that we sometimes depend too much on technology? I’m sure many in New Jersey did Friday afternoon. It didn’t get much mainstream media attention, but it was all over social media.

Indeed, not only were people making purchases scrambling to pay with checks, but there was an above-normal run on ATMs for cash withdrawals.

It’s called a major credit and debit card outage, Visa and Mastercard. Chase Bank runs the network that runs them and had major issues.

This has bothered customers not only in New Jersey, but also in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Kentucky and beyond.

I remember the Northeast blackout of 2003 that affected not only that part of the country, but spread all the way to Michigan where I was living at the time. I was trying to buy bags of ice at a 7-Eleven, just like everyone was trying to store food in their now useless refrigerators.

Of course, the store couldn’t process anything electronically. It was a cash situation that most people weren’t prepared for. Customers were yelling at the workers for not having the old-fashioned carbon paper machines. It was heckling.

A major technology failure recently affected my boys’ eye doctor’s office. They were so dependent on technology with no back-up system that when it broke down and burned out, they couldn’t book new appointments, couldn’t access patient records, couldn’t view a past prescription, or make no any business function. It literally shut them down for weeks.

We have become so used to technology always being there for us that society can come to a screeching halt if it fails. And that’s when we see how enslaved we have become to technology.

The opinions expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

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