Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Entries from April 1, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Entries from April 1, 2010 - May 1, 2010


Trite or Profound: You Decide

Heard this quote while I was on vacation:

Ten years from now, we will look back on this decade with 2020 hindsight.


Parenting Semi-Adults: Princess vs. The Bank Part II

I mentioned that Princess, for all her sunny personality, is made of sterner stuff. She was not happy the bank didn’t give her a full refund of her $70, so she went back the next day. She talked to the manager again and got nowhere. She asked for and finally got the manager’s, manager’s phone number. She talked to that person and was told there was nothing they could do. She got that person’s manager’s number. She is up to the bank manager’s, manager’s, manager if you are keeping track. Again she was told that there was nothing they could do.

So she kept talking until the bank manager’s, manager’s, manager gave her his manager’s phone number. She called this person and left a voice message.

She received a text saying that they refunded the remaining $35!


How is your bank treating you?


Parenting Semi-Adults: Princess vs. The Bank

Princess’ bank was playing fast and loose with how they recorded her check deposit and her withdrawals. Because of the bank’s chicanery, they charged her with 2 overdrafts for $70.00. Even though when she set up the account, she expressly stated that she did not want overdraft protection. Overdraft protection for ATM cards is just a legal way for a bank to steal from its customers. Instead of just denying the card, banks charge their customers $35 for “protection.”Ev

Although Princess was assured she did not have it, and her card would just be denied if funds were not available, the account was set up with overdraft “protection”. There is a form she had to sign which she wasn’t informed about, and hence she did not sign. When the bank arranged her deposits and withdrawals so she would have overdrafts, they then charged her for them. $70 worth, and then when she went to talk to customer no service she was told there was nothing they could do for her. She had no proof she had waved the overdraft “protection”, because she didn’t have a copy of the form they didn’t tell her she had to sign after she stated she did not want said protection. She was told there was no one who could help her. Then she called me.

I suggested she to go back and 1) get a print out of all transactions from customer no service and go over them one by one with that person, and then 2) demand to speak to the bank manager, and 3) keep talking until they gave her the money back.

I could not have done this at 20, but Princess is made of sterner stuff. She went back, firmly asked to speak to the manager and kept asking until the customer no service person finally gave way. She asked the manager to explain each transaction and explain how it was Princess’ mistake and not how the bank chooses to do it’s postings that caused her “overdraft”. She kept asking for her money back, when she was told there was nothing they could do, she didn’t accept that lie (it is a lie), she told the manager she wanted to speak to her boss. She was told that wasn’t possible, she asked why, and asked for the manager’s boss’ number and eventually got it.

They refunded her $35. They only managed to steal $35 instead of $70. This bank/ seems to have a pattern/ of customer lack of service (3 different links.).

If you work for a bank that treats its customers in this manner, you should be ashamed of yourself. This is no better than being a con man trying to work a con on unsuspecting people.

Legality is no defense for immoral behavior. Stealing from those you claim to be of service to, is still theft.


50 Year Old Gym Rat: ?

Skyler and I joined the Y. She joined because she is no longer taking Tae Kwon Do. I joined because it is a 15 minute trip each way to the Y and Skyler doesn’t drive.

I sort of envisioned an ongoing series about my adventure to slimness (a girl can dream, I’ve been doing it for decades). We have been to the Y 3 times in the 3 weeks since we joined. Why might you ask?

After our third visit I came down with a nasty virus. The virus was moving through my body causing joints to painfully swell. It lasted 12 days. It was not fun.

I am not implying I caught this bug at the Y. I am very sure that was not the case. The Y we go to is very clean and well maintained.

Are you finding growing older fun?

I think my 50 year old body has put me on notice.


They Are More Trouble When They Are Trying To Be No Trouble

I have great in laws. They love my husband, my kids and me. There is not much more you can ask of a relationship than that. In the 30 years I have known them, the only time they are difficult is when they are trying to be no trouble.

We can’t have anyone else over on holidays because if we've invited non family, they won’t come because they don’t want to be any trouble.

They tend to be indirect in what they want, (like having a grandkid come for the night) because they do not want to be any trouble.

Again they tend to be indirect when asking for help, (they are elderly) because they don’t want to be any trouble.

My husband and I have gotten good at reading between the lines and usually guess what it is they are not asking for.

Sometimes we guess wrong....then there is trouble. (Just a little trouble because they really are great in-laws).

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