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Old 04-13-2010, 12:41 PM   #21
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To those ragging on the guy...

I've also had experience with something popping up with debt collection agency with 0 notice. Was a billing loop we were not in, medication for doctor visit use only. They screwed stuff up. We were never billed for it in the first place, and eventually the debt collector told us we had 11k owed. They didn't want to hear anything but how we planned on paying that. I told them to F off and went to the hospital and made them talk with insurance again. All fixed after a few rounds of hand holding between insurance and hospital.

Boy do I HATE that song and dance.
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To those ragging on the guy...

I've also had experience with something popping up with debt collection agency with 0 notice. Was a billing loop we were not in, medication for doctor visit use only. They screwed stuff up. We were never billed for it in the first place, and eventually the debt collector told us we had 11k owed. They didn't want to hear anything but how we planned on paying that. I told them to F off and went to the hospital and made them talk with insurance again. All fixed after a few rounds of hand holding between insurance and hospital.

Boy do I HATE that song and dance.

Thank you, every once in a while, it actually is the companies fault.

I have received ZERO notice about all of this. This was supposed to be taken care of about a year ago when they did this originally. It turns out it was never resolved so the hospital sent it to collectors again.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:54 PM   #23
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To those ragging on the guy...

I've also had experience with something popping up with debt collection agency with 0 notice. Was a billing loop we were not in, medication for doctor visit use only. They screwed stuff up. We were never billed for it in the first place, and eventually the debt collector told us we had 11k owed. They didn't want to hear anything but how we planned on paying that. I told them to F off and went to the hospital and made them talk with insurance again. All fixed after a few rounds of hand holding between insurance and hospital.

Boy do I HATE that song and dance.

Yeah well, clearly you took the adult way of taking care of the situation...not just picking up the phone after it happening "again" and pissing on someone for doing their job. The people calling don't know what is going on, they just get names plopped on their desk and are told to call. Now if you know that the hospital fluckered up, just tell the damn collector some like 'Oh sorry, this has happened before and I need to get in touch with the insurance company and the hospital to take care of this'. Then, get in touch with the right parties and take care of the *ish. No need to act like God damn white trash and **** on the collector for calling you.
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Yeah well, clearly you took the adult way of taking care of the situation...not just picking up the phone after it happening "again" and pissing on someone for doing their job. The people calling don't know what is going on, they just get names plopped on their desk and are told to call. Now if you know that the hospital fluckered up, just tell the damn collector some like 'Oh sorry, this has happened before and I need to get in touch with the insurance company and the hospital to take care of this'. Then, get in touch with the right parties and take care of the *ish. No need to act like God damn white trash and **** on the collector for calling you.

Just wait until Laquisha calls you with an attitude at 8pm at night on your cell, it might be a little different.
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Just wait until Laquisha calls you with an attitude at 8pm at night on your cell, it might be a little different.
Cause we all know after 8pm we can act like douche bags and get away with it. I agree it's a shitty thing to happen, and I'd be pissed, but is being a dick to them really gonna solve anything?
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Just wait until Laquisha calls you with an attitude at 8pm at night on your cell, it might be a little different.
Unfortunately, telling her off isn't going to help much. She gets that sort of thing every day, and she'll just make an entry into her log and pass you along the line.

I have a method (well, two, actually) for dealing with telemarketers that amuse me greatly.

Method A: Treat the call as though it were phone sex. Ask her what she's wearing, describe the manner in which I am touching myself, describe the acts I would like her to perform, etc.

Method B: When the caller asks "is Mr. Perez there?" have a moment of pause, and then in a strained voice, inform the calling party that there was an accident this morning on the freeway, and he was killed by a drunk driver. The kids don't even know yet, wife is a mess, his parents are flying into town tonight and you're just about to head to the airport to pick them up, etc. (I actually brought one woman to tears this way.)

This latter one actually grew out of my tiredness with a caller from one particular organization that was very persistently trying to get my grandfather to donate money to some cause or another. (This was about 13 years ago, when I was staying at her house one summer off from college.) I'd previously just been hanging up on 'em, but I finally just told the lady "Listen, Mr. Moore is dead. He's been dead since 1977, and I don't think he's going to rise from the grave and cut you a check just to help whatever cause it is you're interested in. So you guys really need to clean up your database at least once every decade or so, and please, stop calling here."

It worked (in that they stopped calling) however the lady on the other end of the phone seemed genuinely shocked and sorrowful. The guy's been gone longer than Elvis, and in the 20 or so years since then we've all pretty much gotten over our grief, but she just seemed really rattled by the experience.
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When I walk in the gym and they ask me for money I be like.

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Just wait until Laquisha calls you with an attitude at 8pm at night on your cell, it might be a little different.

Yeah... collection agencies are nothing...the **** really hits the fan when it's a call directly from an attorney....and then a letter from that attorney. Yeah, been there, done that with it all...and still never just **** on them.
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[stories about dealing with phone calls]
Telemarketers are fun to have fun with.

I used to pretend to be in the middle of toking up and that I was too incapacitated to talk and would be acting all f*ed up. One time the girl on the other end tried to buy weed off of me. Other times I would just pick up, say "hello?" and when I didn't hear anything, I knew it was one of them...so I just start talking about hacking up the body and asking where stuff was and whatnot.....the good telemarketers just hang up...the n00bs will sit and listen.
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Just to clairify, because I think i am missing something:

Its stupid/immature to give **** to a Collector who is calling back on a private line and hurling insults and not following SOP.

Its fun/funny/ok to give **** to a marketer who is following SOP.

Quite honestly I dont get that. If some bitch is calling to put pressure on me and not following SOP I would feel pretty justified in messing with her. If some marketer is calling once and following SOP and is at least polite I would feel mildly bad about messing with them. Now if they call trying to sell something all the damned time, yeah, that to me is fair game.

Some bitch not following SOP and trying to press me out of cash that I dont owe is definitely going to get nowhere, have recorded conversations and get reported to the authorities as happened to those firms up in NY.
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