95.00 and change. I paid the bill in full, and mailed it
10 days in advance of the due date.
I received the next month's bill with a
29.00 late fee (32%) plus a 2.00 balance fee.
I called and never even made it to a living being,
just an automated voice saying "if you are calling about your late fee we will gladly remove it from your bill". I punched 0 several times until I got a human and
voiced my displeasure at the policy and that I appreciated the removal. I was informed I needed to leave 10-14 days for processing and that it had been "processed 1 day after the due date". I said my job was to get it
there on time, it was their job to process
it on time... and I may have commented on the lovely way for Macy's to add to their coffers.
Last month I receive a bill for 4.00.
$2 for minimum balance charge of the month before
and another $2 for the current month.
I paid it just to make it go away.
I know better - I was just not up for an argument,
or I got lazy, or stupid.
Yesterday's bill was another $2 charge
attached to a bill I paid in full 3 months ago.
NOW I WAS up for an argument.
I got a human,
after an automated voice said
"If you are calling about the $2 charge,
we will gladly remove it.
I punched 000000000000
Obviously so many folks call about these charges,
that they automate their answer.
The human I spoke with
read off Macy's apology from a card.
I know this because she repeated the exact words
verbatim 3 times at least.
She finished with "because you have a 0 balance there
is nothing I can remove for you today."
If only half of their customers have
noticed this sneaky little deal,
and only half complain, that still leaves
a big bunch of $2 charges being tacked on willy nilly
each month, especially after claiming we all need to mail
14 days in advance as if the USPS wasn't doing their job.
Pretty clever huh?
We need to pay close attention my friends:
I don't trust the fat dude behind the curtain.
If I hear one more person say
"I don't care about politics"
"I don't "do" politics"
"It's all so corrupt I wash my hands of it all"
I just may scream
No, I know what I'll do instead.
I'll have an automated voice at the ready
"we are sorry for the inconvenience" -
"We will gladly
remove all your civil rights,
remove your reproductive rights,
remove all attempts to save the planet,
remove quality education
remove aid to the ill and the poor,
remove health care
remove people due to race and ethnicity
remove the fish from the oceans, the trees
from the forests, the oxygen from the FRICKIN' AIR
Not one of us can afford to be lazy or stupid right now.
and got banged up, bruised and battered. Couldn't even admit my stupidity to DD and when I finally did, boy was she mad at mama, and then she tattled to big brother. (and when Annie reads this I'm gonna catch hell)
I'm OK now,
for the most part.
SO what the heck have I been doing
and where have I been?
Reading I check out about 20-25 books a week. (I watch very little tv and I am a fast reader) Currently re-reading A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY an old favorite.
Purging (can you believe it - still?)
Girl pals are having a sale here today, so
I've been doing preview sales to closest buds, and
treasures are flying out the door.
Since I'm selling off pieces that means
rearranging and discovering where all the
dust bunnies have been hiding.
Pillows for a friend and
pillows for me to change things up a bit.
Dug out an unfinished quilt that I was dying to make
and decided I should finish it before I actually do. I have lots of stuff I've been thinking about, and percolating upon, and I will probably share a few rants and musings soon. Thank you for all the kind comments and emails about our sweet Justice. Howie is never more than 6 feet away from me these days. He was always a sweetheart, but this new mellow, clinging-hugging pooch has pulled my heartstrings into a knot that will never untie. He likes to be close REALLY close
I am a Mom, an artist, a designer, an organizer. I live a very small, simple life and cherish my children, great reads, great films and my dear friends. My desert dwelling is by default and my heart still hopes to be somewhere green and lovely some day. I love helping folks achieve their dream spaces and teaching friends to be creative each day. I am so pleased you have stopped by oldgreymare.