Putting a cell carrier service to rest.

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Several weeks ago I attended a Webinar sponsored by MLT Creative that discussed B2B (Business to Business) blogging techniques.  One of their ideas was to write a blog in a different format from what you usually use.  They even suggested a poem.

Now a writer I am, a poet I am definitely not.  I tried, and it was pretty pathetic so I took my ideas and put them into prose here and embedded a few attempts at poetic lines.  Here ya go and please don’t laugh!  I’m trying to keep my readers engaged here….

The Saga of the Final Cell Phone Bill – Communication in Dollars and Sense!

We recently changed our cell phone carrier.  That seems easy enough today.  You go in to your new carrier of choice, they transfer your number, set up your new phone and they even cancel your account with your former carrier.  Sounds simple right?

Although they make it easy

The final bill was enough to make me queasy

As luck would have it we did this changeover on the day that our former carrier rolled our new bill.  Now we all know that you generally pay for your service a month in advance.  I’m not sure how it happened, but we ended up with a final bill for 78 cents.  That’s right 78 cents – 3 quarters and 3 pennies.  Here’s where my adventure began.

I thought now I can send them a check for 78cents, but that will cost me 44cents in postage.  That just seemed silly to me.  HA! Talk about silly.

So I thought I’ll just go to my bank’s billpayer online service, which is where I pay most of my bills.  Trouble was the bank has a minimum payment requirement of one dollar. I wasn’t crazy about that idea either.  I thought I’ll just stop by a local AT&T store and pay the *$%@# bill.

Double HA!

The nice gentleman at the ATT store said, “Sure we’ll take your 78 cents and more,”

It would cost me 500 pennies, 20 quarters, 50 dimes so thin,

In other words, to pay in full costs a service charge of an extra fin

The friendly man said, “Just go pay online”

Now that would be fine

But my closed account won’t let me in

I thought my only choice is to spend that fin

So back to square one.  I thought I just can’t win this battle.  So I figured just pay the extra 22 cents with BillPay and be done with this nonsense.

At last I guessed my journey was done

But soon the mailman came and brought more fun

To my surprise I got a check

Those two dimes plus two pennies came back

Now I get to spend some gas to drive to the bank with that silly draft

But in the end I won, I think.  Well, maybe not, just think about all of the energy it took me to figure out how to get rid of this silly little bill.

Oh what a complicated world we have created.  You gotta love it!  Do you have a story to share ?  Let’s hear it!!


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14 responses to “Putting a cell carrier service to rest.

  1. Great story and I could sure relate.

    Yes you are correct, the world has gotten so complicated and in many instances, it need not be!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I look forward to reading more!


  2. Thanks for your comment Michael and for visiting me. More to come soon!

  3. Great story.I guess you learn something new everyday !! Rani Chopra

  4. I don’t know….I kind of like THIS story… LOL
    I can truly appreciate the poetry angle….I enjoyed that immensely!
    You do have a knack for that sort of thing…
    I will be back for more.
    Best, C

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  6. Very cute post, Christine. But man, you must’ve been frustrated during this ordeal. I’ve had a few of them myself. I’d share one, but I think there have been too many instances to pinpoint just one. Plus, I think I tried my damnedest to purge these memories from my mind forever. They make things so difficult these days. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Frustrated – “oh yeah”
      And just think of the time and energy I wasted to figure out to pay it.
      Did I really earn t hat 22 cent refund. Double “oh yeah!!”

      Thanks for visiting! I need to subscribe to your blog. Going to go do that right now!

  7. Avantgaard
    I am glad you liked this story!
    I definitely have to work on my poetry-writing skills….

    Hope to hear from you again.


  8. Christine, Your verses are actually quite funny though as you said, a poet you are not. Even before I got to the end of the post, I was wondering about the waste of time and energy. It’s surprising what we will do with a simple problem like that. I’d have gone ahead and done what you did in the end from the start – but then, what would you have had to write about?

  9. Thanks for your comment, Penny. And yes, you are right I could have just paid it to begin with, but you were right again, what would I have to write about?

    The non-poet, Christine 🙂

  10. Chaitra

    Well, this might sound a lil sadistic but I kinda felt a lil relived that service providers in every part of the globe put their customer through the same harassment. 🙂

    It’s almost like they have global conferences on Innovative customer harassment techniques. 😀

  11. Reblogged this on Pudbudder – It's all about fun! and commented:

    An old post from the past that I shared at The Inspired Mic sponsored by the Palm Coast Chapter of Florida Writers’ Assn (FWA)