I've read somewhere that stress is the body's attempt at overiding that strong inner urge to strangle someone who so richly deserves it. Or something close to that.
My current stress is from a threatening letter I got June 2nd. My Cell phone co, Cellular One, decided that they may have to suspend my service. (I'm glad to know that's what they call it. I can't get service within ten miles of home)
Well for probably four or five years now, they've been taking my bill out of my bank account via a debit card number. For some reason they stopped doing that. I called to see why they stopped taking it out of my account, thereby causing me to be deliquent. My conversation went like this.
Me- You have stopped taking my bill out of my account automatically, Why?
Cell One- Sir, has your card been cancelled, or have you changed banks.
Cell One- Well you are now deliquent, we will need payment or we will be forced to suspend service.
Me- What service?
Cell One- Pardon me sir?
Me- Never mind, just take the payment out of my account, the same one you've been using for, oh, say, THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
Cell One- Sir the card number you gave us no longer works.
Me- Well what number are you trying to use that all of a sudden doesn't work?
Cell One-Sir we are NOT allowed to give out card numbers over the phone.
Me_ I'VE GOT MY NUMBER, HOW'S ABOUT I READ IT TO YOU TO SEE IF WE CAN PINPOINT YOUR MISTAKE.
Cell One- Okay give it to me.
I gave it to her.
Cell One- That's the number I have.
Me- Okay. Well that account is still open, and has enough money to pay your bill. Why didn't you just take it out.
Cell One- Sir I'll email them (I thought I had been talking to them) and let them know of your trouble.
Me- Uh... no, it's your trouble.
Cell One- This should take care of it. Good Bye.
I got a bill yesterday for the same amount plus another month. $264 WE MISSED YOUR LAST 3 PAYMENTS.
Me-I thought this was taken care of.
Cell One- Sir, we can't take PAST DUE balances out of an auto pay account. You will have to send a check or I can take the payment over the phone.
I gave them (you guessed it) the same acct/card # that they've been using.
"Okay, that card is good, that should do it" she said.
Is there even the remotest of chances that this is over???