Dear Heloise: The other day, I went to an ATM. There was a car in front of me, so I waited my turn. After the person left, I pulled up to the ATM, and to my surprise the account information was still on the screen. It was asking how much I wanted to withdraw. I easily could have taken money from this person’s account, had I wanted to. Just wanted to warn your readers to be careful to check the screen before they drive away. -- An Honest Reader, via e-mail

Wow! Folks, please be sure to double-check before leaving an ATM.

Also, take the receipt with you — don’t leave it lying around. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I have a large box of denture-cleaning tablets. Can I use these for anything besides cleaning dentures? Thank you. -- JoAnne, via email

JoAnne, great question! Here are some other uses for denture tablets:

* Use to clean tea stains out of mugs. Fill the cup with water and add a denture tablet. Let sit overnight and then clean.

* Clean your gold and diamond jewelry with them. Place a tablet in a glass with the jewelry on top. Fill the glass with water and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently brush with a soft brush, then rinse well.

* Clean retainers with it. Soak for 15 minutes, then rinse.

* Clean vases with narrow necks. Fill a vase with water, then add a couple of denture tablets. Let sit, then rinse.

* Treat yellow discoloration on fingernails. Place two tablets in a bowl of warm water. Soak hands for five minutes, then gently scrub nails with a soft toothbrush or nailbrush.

-- Heloise


Dear Heloise: We were planning a trip to the amusement park and were wondering how to safely take our cellphones, wallets and glucometers onto the water rides. My nephew came up with the perfect solution -- a plastic zipper bag. -- Colleen in Pennsylvania

This is one way to protect items. Also, check major retail stores near the park. I know that the ones in the San Antonio area sell waterproof containers made specifically for water parks. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: This hint may help others repack a box with appliances, or electronics with several parts. Sometimes there is a need to do this, such as when returning it to the manufacturer. Also, if I am not using something for a while, I pack it up and put it in storage.

Well, today I had an epiphany when I looked at what was involved, and I thought, “How will I ever remember how all this went together?” I grabbed my camera and took pictures of how it looked. Now all I have to do is print off the pictures and include them in the box. If the object doesn’t work, this time the repacking job will be a breeze. -- Mary in Nebraska

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