Since the news of Casey's EZGO acquisition is officially confirmed, the question popping up around social media seems to be, "Will Casey's be safe to shop at?"

Considering the wild credit card issues the Midwest brand has had in recent years, it's a fair question... but there seems to be quite a bit of misdirected ire towards the pizza retailer.

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Reports in Oklahoma first popped up in late 2021 and throughout 2022 about random credit and debit card charges of almost always an even $150 at Casey's locations weeks and months after people had last visited a store.

As more reports of credit card fraud at the retailer continued into 2023, Casey's soon found themselves in the middle of a rural Oklahoma legend... "Don't use your card at Casey's," but there's more to the story.

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The rumor mill of Facebook did what it always does. It helped spread a rumor that Casey's was illegally tapping customers' accounts for random charges of $150, but that's not at all what was happening.

Here's what actually happened.

Casey's just happened to land at the center of someone else's card skimmer scheme. Since they most often have stores in small and rural towns across America's heartland, the skimmers made easy targets of unsuspecting consumers who have never had such worries.

Even worse, it was happening to plenty of people who swore they had never been to Casey's before... So Casey's wasn't even responsible for the skimming, but apparently made it easy for criminals to cash in with the stolen data.

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The good news.

Customers have noticed that Casey's has taken steps to limit their customer's exposure to such schemes, primarily by upgrading payment points to Tap-To-Pay, allowing you to pay for your goods without the risk of your physical card being skimmed.

The bad news.

It has taken nearly a decade for Casey's to find a fix around this specific issue that has plagued them since as early as 2015.

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The ugly.

Time will tell how the relationship between Casey's and Lawtonians goes. Given Lawton's recent history of revolt when Love's swept in and acquired the local EZGO company and all of its assets, hopefully, the pivot to a beloved corn-belt chain will be smoother.

The hilarious.

Locals on Facebook are currently swirling another rumor that the old guard from EZGO is upset with Love's over this whole thing.

The posts I read about it say something along the lines that Love's wanted to purchase just the interstate EZGO locations, and EZGO played hardball with that "buy them all or have nothing" ultimatum so Love's bought them all.

Months later, Love's got what they initially wanted by selling off the properties they weren't interested to Casey's, and apparently, those who were involved with EZGO are a little upset about it, calling it unfair.

It's important to note, this is just a rumor from social media, and the smartest people involved would never admit to it... but even if it is true, Love's did nothing wrong here. They just came out of this whole situation as the better, smarter company.

Despite all this, Casey's does have delicious pizza though.

On a lighter note, I can't wait till you have the chance to try Casey's pizza. It's really good for gas station pizza.

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20 Worst Places To Live In Oklahoma

Contrary to popular belief, Oklahoma is growing. People are seeking a more affordable life, less big city, more room to grow, and the Sooner State fits that bill better than you think.

Our slow and steady growth year-over-year has gotten enough national attention to garner all sorts of new studies in the state, including this one.

Here are the 20 worst places to live in Oklahoma based on cost of living, crime rates, poverty stats, low wage issues, and more.

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Could You Turn This Vintage Oklahoma Theater Into A Home?

It'll take a little imagination to see it yourself, but this old twin theater in Downtown Shawnee could make one heck of a home for a growing family. Heck, you could even divide it into twin duplexes.

With ample space to create a two-level hodge-podge of bedrooms, bathrooms, and all of the creature comforts you'd expect in a home, the only thing you'd have to really stress over would be the money to build it all.

Listed with ReMax/Kinect Realty for the sweet sum of (at time of publishing) $299k, all of the vintage details could lend to a truly unique upbringing for your kids down to the brick street out front.

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Check Out This Fancy NYC-Style Apartment For Sale in Oklahoma City

Downtown Oklahoma City might be the last place you'd expect to find luxury beyond a night or two at the Skirvin Hotel, but there are some shockingly fancy and plush apartments available in our state capital city.

Case and point, 131 Park Avenue. A 5,254 square foot, 3-bedroom, 5-bath penthouse apartment on the market for $2.5million. Not only does it come with nearly a century of history, but there's also a garage space, elevator service, and sweeping views of Downtown OKC.

From the outside looking in, it looks very well put together tying ultra-modern styling with classic heartland trends. Lots of glass, lots of warm wood. If you can swing a $16,000 mortgage payment, this could be your next Oklahoma home.

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