Beginning Friday, PayPal will begin penalizing users who buy things it doesn't want them to: prescription drugs from unverified pharmacies, material with even a whiff of sex and gambling or lottery services.
On August 23, PayPal gave users via e-mail 30 days' notice that it could levy a fine of $500 on those who violate its acceptable use policies. Its compliance team will strictly enforce the new acceptable use policy to implement the monetary fines on both buyers and sellers who use the transaction service to trade in items the San Jose, Calif.-based company has outlawed.
Those policies prohibit a wide variety of things, from stuffed migratory birds to used airbags. But the user agreement revision singles out those who, despite the transaction platform's best efforts, persist in using it to pay for forbidden goods and services in the mature audiences, prescription drugs and gambling categories.
A PayPal spokesperson said the fines were an evolution of its policy prohibiting these activities; she declined to say what percentage of the service's transactions might engage in barred goods. [...]
Now, how thick do you have to be to not see that the next step is for your government to be able to automagically fine you in a monetary system where there is no cash and only a ubiquitous, government controlled, transparent digital cash? With PayPal you can switch to another provider (and take the risk that your customers wont have it installed, but thats a problem of business momopoly) but with government e-cash there will be no alternative to switch to.
You park in the wrong place, your Oyster is automatically debited. You get caught by a speeding camera, your account is automatically debited. You get caught jaywalking your account is automatically debited. And so on. Of course, they will not care that doing any one of these debits might stop you from being able to buy food that week, and in order to pull it off, local authoriteies, parking atenndants, bus conductors, and just about everyone who works in government will be able to fine you, meaning they have debit access to your account.
If you dont have the money in your account, an arrest warrant is automatically issued. You have to use this same card to travel, so they can sweep you up within hours of your account failing to be debited.
This is the logical consequence of PayPal fining its users for using their own money to buy what they want. If these PayPal users had even one working braincell, they would flee it like ticks fleeing a dead dogs carcasse.
and here is another example:
Friday :: September 24, 2004 TalkLeft Reinstated By Paypal
Paypal has reinstated TalkLeft's account. So, whose advice did I follow? Those of you who said delete the objectionable post, make sure I get my money, then decide whether to leave Paypal. All of your suggestions are very much appreciated. I thought about them all before deciding.
Update: Bill Quick of The Daily Pundit got a similar missive from Paypal. He's angry and has refused to give in and is taking his paypal links down.
Original Post 9/23/04
Unbelievable. This e-mail from paypal was in TalkLeft's email box today. Shorter version: TalkLeft's paypal account is restricted because of a link to a beheading video.
We appreciate the fact that you chose PayPal to send and receive payments for your transactions.
However, your account has been limited for violating PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy regarding Offensive Material. The Policy prohibits the use of PayPal in the sale of items or in support of organizations that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance; items which graphically portray violence or victims of violence; or items closely associated with individuals notorious for committing murderous acts within the last 100 years. Further, PayPal prohibits a person convicted of a violent felony, or his relatives or associates, from using PayPal to benefit financially from the convict's criminal notoriety. The complete Acceptable Use Policy
addressing Offensive Material can be found at the following URL:
To appeal the limitation on your account, you will need to:
1. Remove those items from your website that violate PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy. For example, any links to obtain the Eugene Armstrong begeading video; and
2. Submit the online Acceptable Use Policy affidavit.
This is not intended to be an all-inclusive review or list of your Internet sites in violation. Furthermore, the violations of the Policy described above are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that all transactions comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.
Suggestions for how I should respond? [...]