All posts by Richard Thripp

Ph.D. graduate of UCF studying financial education, husband, father, Age 28.

Strategy for Writing to Attorneys General and the Better Business Bureau to Recover Amazon Gift Card Balances Confiscated/Stolen by Amazon

Here’s a new commentator on my website who had their $200 Amazon gift card balance stolen, and my response:

“they stole $200 in gift cards and locked me out of my account and every time I talk to them on the phone they say it will be opened in 24 hours and it never is and i start from scratch. for months.”

Sounds like their typical illegal behavior. There is no point continuing to call or complain to Amazon directly. You should open a complaint with your state’s attorney general online, and your region’s Better Business Bureau. Make sure to describe it very succinctly and clearly that this is a prepaid gift card balance connected to your Amazon account, and that Amazon is unlawful withholding the funds from you. For outcome, you want your gift card balance issued as a check to you, or alternately to be unblocked so you can make purchases with it (if that is also acceptable to you). Amazon will respond saying they have the absolute right to ban you at any moment and confiscate your gift card balance based on their Terms & Conditions. Respond that they do not, and cite laws prohibiting a retailer from causing a gift card / gift certificate to expire, such as your state laws and the federal CARD Act. Your state’s AG and the BBB will likely close the case as “resolved” based on Amazon’s excuse for a response, but respond and continue to emphasize that they have received the money for these gift cards and they are stealing directly from you.

I am running for Congress where I will continue fighting Amazon’s illegal behaviors. Please donate to my campaign if you are able.

Coronavirus & Finances, Fireside Chat by Richard Thripp for Congress, 3/28/2020

March 28, 2020

In my 2nd “fireside chat,” I talk about personal finance, the economy, and the $2 trillion Congressional relief package passed in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.

My name is Richard Thripp and I’m a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 6th district (Daytona Beach area).

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Statement Against Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”)

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is disastrous for our fresh water, atmosphere, and ecosystems. It should be federally banned. Fracking produces methane emissions which have a greenhouse effect much worse than CO2, as well as large amounts of natural gas as a by-product. There is so much natural gas that the industry wants to “flare” or burn off into the atmosphere due to its lack of value, which is insane. The fracking industry itself is barely profitable and is losing tremendous amounts of money with the recent low oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic. If the costs of environmental devastation were priced into each fracturing operation, there would be NO fracking nationwide, or worldwide, for that matter, even without an outright prohibition.

The incumbent Republican Congressman I will be running against in November 2020, Michael Waltz, was a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism during George W. Bush’s presidency. Cheney was Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000, which patented fracking in the 1940s, specializes in oil extraction through traditional means and via fracking, and was also partly responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. You can bet Waltz’s so-called “conservative values” include support for, and campaign contributions from, the oil and fracking industries. It is puzzling that being a “conservative” does not include conserving the one and only planet we have.

I support a nationwide prohibition on fracking and the speedy closing of existing fracking wells, and will co-sponsor the Ban Fracking Act put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the U.S. House of Representatives when it is re-introduced in the 117th Congress.

It should also be noted that, in addition to the above criticisms, fracking is also completely inappropriate in Florida due to our peninsula’s limestone substructure and would cause catastrophic and unpredictable sinkholes.

Fracking is a total disaster, completely unprofitable, and would never happen if the environmental costs were priced in.

Message From New Supporter on Twitter, March 25, 2020

One of my new #FL6 supporters/voters on Twitter wrote this:

“I know who I’ll be voting for to replace Michael Waltz #FL06

Learn more about Richard Thripp here:

And here’s where you can donate to his campaign if you’ve been lucky enough to not have your finances corona-crashed.”

My response:

Thank you!! I appreciate your support & votes: 8/18 Democratic primary & 11/03/2020 general, or vote-by-mail / early voting. Voters in Volusia and Flagler counties, and St. Johns County south of SR 207 + Hastings & the northeast part of Lake County, vote for Richard Thripp. #FL6

I encourage even my Republican friends & neighbors to vote for me in November rather than the incumbent corporatist who lives OUTSIDE #FL6.

My future staff & I will be proactive helping constituents w/ federal agencies, including a NEW district office in mid-town Daytona Beach.

March 25, 2020: I just received $50 from a contributor in Palm Coast, FL. Thank you so much! I believe we can flip #FL6 blue. 2020 is special.

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Coronavirus Fireside Chat, Richard Thripp for Congress, 3/19/2020

March 19, 2020

Here, I talk about the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, how it is affecting Americans including retail, foodservice, and healthcare workers, the financial markets, the climate crisis, and the lack of COVID-19 testing.

My name is Richard Thripp and I’m a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 6th district (Daytona Beach area).

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