Cupcakes & Credit Card Fraud…


I had a jarring wake up call this morning.

5 am and Visa is on the line, informing me of possible $10,000 of fraudulent furniture charges.


My head still isn’t off the pillow and Berkeley regurgitates…I guess she was upset about some dick ripping me off  online.

Good morning world. Now all I need to do is pass a kidney stone while I lay in bed and it will be the perfect start to the day.

Cut my credit card in half, walked the dogs, made breakfast, cleaned up and headed to spin and Pilates to decompress and sweat off my frustrations.

Home again and I settled in with a Nespresso cappuccino, took a deep breath and scanned an article about Sprinkles Bakery opening a  24-hour cupcake dispensing ATM on the Upper East Side in New York City.

The new venture offers the sweet obsessed the frosting on the cake…the basic convenience of being able to buy fresh, gourmet goodies with the push of a button anytime they want.

Survey says, a dating ATM dispenser would be more desirable, especially for late night single women. It is easy to purchase a cupcake, but sweetie, a good man in the big city is virtually impossible to come by.

Anyway, the machine can dispense up to 20 varieties by way of a touch screen that works just like a bank ATM…make your selection, swipe your credit card, and out comes your treat in a brown and pink box. The cupcakes are purportedly as fresh as the one’s sold in the Sprinkles stores.

Each cupcake costs $4.25. Flavors include red velvet, Cuban coffee, banana dark chocolate and cinnamon sugar.

There is even an offering for dogs…two mini-cupcakes for $5. They come in one sugar-free flavor, topped with yogurt frosting. Wow, canine instant gratification. You never know when it is the middle of the night and your dog won’t relieve itself without a treat. I may beg for one of those.

The machine will be able to hold 760 cupcakes at a time and will be restocked two to three times a day to keep things fresh. The Beverly Hills-based company has already opened cupcake ATM’s in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta.

I have to say I am torn. On one hand, this is a half-baked idea. The country is obsessed with healthy eating. If cupcakes can be restocked 3-4 times a day, why not crudite, cheese plates, fruit?

On the other hand, what if you have been out drinking or just broke up with a boyfriend, had a bitch fight with a girlfriend, were pissed off with your husband or Gwyneth Paltrow has just kicked you to the curb on GOOP? This is a great way to assuage frustrations.

I hope the overwhelming desire for a cupcake doesn’t strike when someone has just hijacked my credit card.







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