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Sound Off - 8/12/2015

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• “Gift cards shouldn’t expire. They were purchased with cash. The Attorney General’s office will get involved if you try to steal that way. There are laws governing length of usage. One year is not enough. Shame on the restaurant trying to offer it for just one year!”

• “Regarding the comment about trash day in Middletown: All trash is to be in a trash can with a lid. Cans are not to be set out before 5 p.m. the night before your scheduled pick-up day and cans are to be removed by 5 p.m. the day of pick-up (which is ridiculous, since most people are just getting off of work). I would really, really like to see Middletown get those nice, big trash cans with the wheels and attached lids, as well as recycling containers, like Harrisburg just got.”

• “For the restaurant owner whining about the customer wanting to redeem an expired gift card: In 2009, Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which set consumer protections for gift cards based on many state laws. The law provides that gift cards cannot expire within five years from the date they were activated and generally limits inactivity fees on gift cards except in certain circumstances, such as if there has been no transaction for at least 12 months. The federal law creates a floor for regulation and leaves room for state regulation on redeeming gift cards for cash and unclaimed property provisions. You should probably know the law if you are going to sell gift certificates. I wish you would have named your restaurant so that I know not to patronize.”