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Depends On What The Meaning of ISIS

from Wirecutter

A dog whose name “Dash” sounded too much like the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group prompted a security scare at a California bank.

The alarm was raised after Dash’s owner Bruce Francis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and lives in San Francisco, tried to make an online payment to the person who walks his pitbull mix.

Francis wrote “Dash” in the memo line for the check, panicking officials at Chase Bank who mistook it for “Daesh” and canceled the payment, local news reports said.

The bank also flagged the payment to the US Treasury Department which sent a note to Francis asking him to “explain what Dash means.”

“I thought to myself, ‘great, they’re stopping the world’s stupidest terrorist,” Francis told the local KTVU station after the incident earlier this month.

In spite of the mix-up, Francis said he is taking the incident in his stride and didn’t mind the inconvenience.

His check for walking “Dash” has since been approved.

Ah, I remember the old days, when Bob Hall would write things nonsensical on the memo lines of checks – like ‘for cocaine purchase’, or ‘for gay sex’.  My guess is those days are gone, what with corporate and governmental nosiness.

PS – For the unitiated, DAESH is what ISIS or ISIL calls themselves.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


4 thoughts on “Depends On What The Meaning of ISIS

  1. Actually, “Daesh” is the word (in Arabic) if you pronounced the acronym for ISIS (as spelled in Arabic) as a word. And they (Daesh) absolutely HATE it, because it sounds virtually identical to the Arabic word for sowing discord or trampling underfoot. For some reason, even though it fits them to a “T”, they hate being called what they really are and “Daesh” drives them even crazier. So that’s why I have taken to using it. Why slander a beautiful Goddess name? “Daesh” they deserve because “Daesh” they are.

    Which makes the idea of someone writing a check “for Daesh” even stupider. That would be like saying, “Kill me please” in the memo.

    Posted by tomiarthistorian | April 4, 2016, 8:10 am
    • Thanks for the clarification. And commenting. 🙂
      And of course I remember the goddess Isis – and had a thing for the
      children’s superhero actress! 😛

      Posted by guffaw1952 | April 4, 2016, 8:16 am
      • Hahaha!
        I thought I was the only one who remembered that show!!
        My mom forbade me from watching it, because it was “Pagan”.
        Of course, that only ensured that I would watch it at any opportunity on the sly!
        (She was incredibly beautiful!!)

        Posted by tomiarthistorian | April 4, 2016, 8:35 am
      • It was another Saturday-morning timewaster!
        I was too old to care about the plot or the characters, I just wanted
        to look at her legs.
        Alone (and pathetic) on Saturday mornings of yore…:-(

        Posted by guffaw1952 | April 4, 2016, 9:12 am

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