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Since: 16.8.03
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.89
For several years I was a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly. I used to like the magazine, but over time got sick of the -- oh, how do I put this? -- shitty writing. It's just a shitty magazine and it finally occured to me to stop paying for it altogether. So I canceled my subscription and haven't regretted ridding myself of that ass rag for a moment (save looking at a friend's copy here and there. But hey, at least I'm not giving those jerks any of my money anymore.)

Suddenly, I started getting notices from North Shore Collection Agency asking me for $26.70, re: Entertainment Weekly. Well, I canceled it so what do I care? I tossed that notice in the trash. And every succeeding notice. However, it's now months later and somehow the North Shore Collection Agency still thinks I owe Entertainment Weekly $26.70. Which is weird because according to Entertainment Weekly's website, my account is inactive and I don't owe them squat. I wrote the collection agency back, resisting the belligerent wrestling style attitude of telling them to kiss my ass. Somehow though I think this might not get them to stop sending me mail demanding money I don't owe.

And I'm not giving in and paying, since that money would reactivate the subscription, which I sure as hell don't want. Nor do I want to pay a damn thing.

I guess we're at what we call an impasse.
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Since: 2.1.02
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by The Robot Devil
    I guess we're at what we call an impasse.



As somebody who sends unpaid accounts to collections, after 3 notices, they just report you as a 'credit risk', and they will give you bad credit.

Try to by a car or house or get a loan? It will popup that you owe EW $26.70 (plus any collections charges they tack on).

Call EW, not the collections company, because all the collections company does is hound you with letters, and takes payments. Nothing more.

Have an issue with EW, call them.




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Since: 17.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.86
Thanks for the advise Rikidozan, I'm having the same problem with SI.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
Yeah I had the same problem with ESPN magazine (except I never actually subscribed to that magazine). I got the letter from the collection agency so I emailed ESPN the magazine and told them about the situation and I havent heard from the collection agency since.



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Since: 20.3.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.72
Did you print out a copy of your 0 balance with EW and mail it to the collections agency with your letter? That is a statement from the company showing what you owe, which might help.
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Since: 4.11.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.56
Funny story about a collection agency here in town...

A guy I worked with at the bank started receiving notices from the agency. The guy in question was the head of collections here at the bank. They told him he owed something like 46 dollars on something his insurance wouldn't cover. He fought with them, telling them that it had been paid, but they still wouldn't listen. Finally, he'd had enough. He got 46 dollars worth of pennies, broke open all the rolls, and put them in a bag, with the papers. Next, he put gravel in the bag and mixed it up. Finally, he dumped a glass of water into it. He then goes to the agency at 4:55 PM, sets the bag down, and asks for a receipt. Because he'd wet the pennies and threw all that junk in there, they couldn't feed it through a coin counter.

Eventually, a few years later, someone he knew saw his file and it said "REAL ASSHOLE" in it.



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Since: 25.6.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.21
    Originally posted by VanillaSky
    Funny story about a collection agency here in town...

    A guy I worked with at the bank started receiving notices from the agency. The guy in question was the head of collections here at the bank. They told him he owed something like 46 dollars on something his insurance wouldn't cover. He fought with them, telling them that it had been paid, but they still wouldn't listen. Finally, he'd had enough. He got 46 dollars worth of pennies, broke open all the rolls, and put them in a bag, with the papers. Next, he put gravel in the bag and mixed it up. Finally, he dumped a glass of water into it. He then goes to the agency at 4:55 PM, sets the bag down, and asks for a receipt. Because he'd wet the pennies and threw all that junk in there, they couldn't feed it through a coin counter.

    Eventually, a few years later, someone he knew saw his file and it said "REAL ASSHOLE" in it.


Now that is funny.





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Since: 2.1.02
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
Jeez...If I were the guy helping him at the back, I would have been a dick back to him and refuse the pennies. There is no law saying that one HAS to take pennies, just that pennies and other forms of currency is legal tender for debts public and private.

What that means is that if one makes a contract, the expected payment is in legal tenders and not, say clams, unless it is stated in the contract.

I would have been like "Sorry, we can not take any unrolled coins in excess of 50 cents in a 24 hour period."

I had to do that once when someone let their eight year old kid shop at my video store and of course, the kid had nothing but pennies on x-mas day. I made her get parents to give me paper money because I wasn't going to count out 350 pennies with a line going to the back of the store. He threw a stink, but gave be 4 bucks.

And he got a 'PB' on his account. That's our code for 'Punk Bitch'




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Since: 17.11.02

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.74
I keep getting free magazine subscriptions some how.

I've never signed up for any, yet they keep sending me Rolling Stone, EW, Starlog, Fangoria, Playboy... and I've never gotten a single bill for them.

The Wall Street Journal and the St Pete Times however, keep sending me bills, but I just throw them away.



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Since: 3.10.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.10
A friend of the family did the whole "give them a bunch of pennies" trick and the guy refused to take them. So, the next time he got a collection notice, he filed a small claims court suit for harrasment, claiming that he made the payment, in cash and the company declined to accept the money. He won, and the company (it was one of those little phone companies) had to both zero out his account balance AND pay his filing fees for the small claims court.
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