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Man arrested at VIP section of nightclub for slow credit card verification

By Mason White 2:05 PM October 14, 2014
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested in Florida, after his bank asked him to verify his charges at a nightclub.

Don Marcani and his friends were having a good time at the Cyn Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night, when they decided to use the VIP room of the club.

The group used their credit cards to buy drinks all night and had no problems, but when they were charged $600 for VIP access those same credit cards were declined.

Marcani then tried several other cards, which were also denied. The club manager was helpful and called the man’s bank. He handed the phone to Marcani so he can confirm his identity and resolve the issue with his bank.

About 3:49 a.m., the bank placed a hold on the account on fears that the card was not stolen. The bank employee explained that they would send Marcani an email in which he will need to confirm that he authorized the charges.

However, before he got the email, a police officer got involved and arrested Marcani for theft. Marcani asked the officer to accompany him to an ATM where he will be able withdraw the money to pay his bill in cash, but the officer refused.

At 3:57 a.m., while Marcani was in the back of the police car, the Capital One confirmation emails were sent to his cell phone, asking him to approve the purchases at the nightclub.

Unfortunately, the officer had confiscated his smartphone so he was unable to complete the authorization.

Interestingly enough, Marcani used the same credit card to bail himself out of jail several hours later.