About getting the debit/credit card shut down, I've never understood that. It's happened to me twice while on cross-county tours, and pretty much the same as here--nothing but gas purchases. Both times, the bank told me they did it because charges showed up that were far from my home, as if I'm supposed to stuff my pockets with greenbacks and use them instead of plastic when venturing onto unfamiliar turf. Fortunately, I carry two cards from different banks that do business in different ways. There must be some sort of art to credit card fraud that escapes me. If I were to use someone else's card, I think that I would get large cash advances or buy hugely expensive, and easily flipped, computer equipment or somesuch, and most likely online so that no one would see my face. But no. The savvy fraudster, apparently, rips off the bank $10 and $20 at a time at convenience stores and gas stations bristling with surveillance cameras.