Sunday, September 02, 2007

DEATH AND THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY
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I received this story in the mail the other day from a friend. Oh, God, did I relate to this. So I decided to share:
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A lady died this past January, and credit card company billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge.
The balance had been $0.00, now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to card company.
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Here is the exchange:
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Family Member: "I am calling to tell you she died in January."
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Associate: "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."
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Family Member: "Maybe, you should turn it over to collections."
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Associate: "Since it is two months past due, it already has been."
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Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?"
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Associate: "Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!"
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Family Member: "Do you think God will be mad at her?"
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Associate: "Excuse me?"
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Family Member: "Did you just get what I was telling you - the part about her being dead?"
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Associate: "Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor."
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Supervisor comes on line.
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Family Member: "I'm calling to tell you, she died in January."
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Supervisor: "The account was never closed and late fees and charges still apply."
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Family Member: "You mean you want to collect from her estate?"
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Supervisor: "Are you her lawyer?"
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Family Member: "No, I'm her great nephew." (Lawyer info given)
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Supervisor: "Could you fax us a certificate of death?"
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Family Member: "Sure." (Fax number is given)
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After they get the fax:
Supervisor: "Our system just isn't set up for death. I don't know what more I can do to help."
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Family Member: "Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don't think she will care."
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Supervisor: "Well, the late fees and charges do still apply."
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Family Member: "Would you like her new billing address?"
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Supervisor: "That might help."
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Family Member: " Odessa Memorial Cemetery ,Highway 129, Plot Number 69."
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Supervisor: "Sir, that's a cemetery!"
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Family Member: "What do you do with dead people on your planet?

2 comments:

Steve Thorn said...

Sorry to be off topic, Chris. But just read your Top Ten Outer Space movies on Bewildering Stories. Well done, and I do agree with most of them. I am so glad you added Galaxy Quest, that is such a great movie.

Christopher55 said...

Thanks, Steve. I enjoyed writing it.

I just wish the Forum hadn't crashed-and-burned so I could read some other comments.