So, everyone who I owed money in Raleigh to has long been paid. Electricity was shut off and a final bill is long gone and paid in full. As is my insurance for that state, as is my long distance company.
Well, I got a bill from the local phone folks BellSouth last month. Or, I THOUGHT it was a bill. Instead, they were telling me I had credit coming to me! I didn’t understand the logic in it, I never sent them a deposit, but no, there it is: Credit. And to punctuate this, a check for the eleven bucks and change the next day is in my mail box. Well, okay! They prorated some of my connection fees!
Now, it’s a month later (or yesterday). And I get a bill from them in my mailbox again. I open it, figuring that it is a zero balance “thank you for your business” account closing-kind of thing.
No, it’s a bill.
It’s a bill which acknowledges that they just sent me a refund for unused services. That was all on the up-and-up.
However, they neglected to calculate a federal tax, or some such nonsense before they printed last month’s check and bill.
As such, even though I just cashed a check from them, BellSouth wants a little bit more from me before I go my own way:
Yes, that is correct. I got a bill for sixteen cents, and the bill informed me of a couple of things, lest I get in trouble with those fine people…
First, I have to pay it now, or penalties may hit me. The penalty for being late on this comes to another 3¢ if you’re keeping score at home. I might wait two months to make it an even quarter. Approrpriate amount to send the phone company, as I’ll also send a letter imploring them to, since I am no longer a customer, call someone who cares.
Even better and on the opposite side of that spectrum was the announcement that if I was unable to pay this bill, payment plans could be made.
I am shocked that BellSouth would be so lenient over such a large fee.
So, I’m thinking of calling them up and with a straight face implore them that paying the entire sum would break me. And try and work out a plan of sixteen months. “That’s all I can afford a month,” I can see me whining to the person who I know is waving her co-employees over to listen in on this call.
Working out a payment plan for a penny a month would be a great way to punish them for even sending me this bill after I cashed their check. Because the only thing more ridiculous than writing a check for $0.16 (and sending it off with a stamp that cost over twice the worth of the check) is writing sixteen checks for a penny.
Anyway, this isn’t up to my usual standards, and I’m sorry for that. I have no fundies who invaded my plane to complain about, no posters have annoyed me, and I’ve no problems with a moderator since I’ve returned (that I know of).
But there you go… The only thing I can really find in my life to bitch about right now…
Feel free to flame me for having it too good right now…
*TIME ELAPSED SINCE I QUIT SMOKING:
Ten months, two days, 19 hours, 14 minutes and 51 seconds.
12352 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,544.22.
Extra life saved: 6 weeks, 21 hours, 20 minutes.
See my Sig File FAQ: http://pages.prodigy.net/briank.o/SigFAQ.htm*