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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7051 on: September 17, 2017, 09:29:13 AM »
I had a little fun with a repeat scammer. They're from the "California Energy Initiative" or something with a similar name; they're calling to tell me about how I can save the environment and save on my utility bill. I haven't followed it to the end, but either they're representing some lender or a contractor who wants me to buy some services. Of course "this is not a sales call" despite the intention.

She (in a noticeable offshore accent, like all the others): "I'm calling from <program> to tell you how you can blah, blah, blah. How much is your electric bill with Southern California Edison?"
Me: "About $1.50"
She: "Is that your average monthly bill?"
Me: "Yes it is."
She: "That's a big amount. Now let me tell you ... "
Me (interrupting): "$1.50 is a big amount? I don't think you're paying attention. Bye!" *click*

Did you say "One dollar and 50 cents" or "One fifty?"  Because if it was the 2nd, I can understand them continuing.  They might have thought you meant one-hundred fifty. 

Either way, I doubt it mattered what your answer was or that they even heard your response.  They just continued on with their script.

"A dollar fifty." Which is what made the script so completely ridiculous.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7052 on: September 18, 2017, 01:33:33 PM »
This Not Always Right story had me internally screaming at the poster by the second line - "don't you read ehell you know this is gonna end badly good grief" - but the "friend" definitely has earned a spot in this thread.

https://notalwaysright.com/cannot-accommodate-personality/92795/

Same here. I was going through all the mantras from here: "No is a complete sentence." "I cannot accommodate that request." "SHINY SPINE!"
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7053 on: September 18, 2017, 02:07:19 PM »
This Not Always Right story had me internally screaming at the poster by the second line - "don't you read ehell you know this is gonna end badly good grief" - but the "friend" definitely has earned a spot in this thread.

https://notalwaysright.com/cannot-accommodate-personality/92795/

Same here. I was going through all the mantras from here: "No is a complete sentence." "I cannot accommodate that request." "SHINY SPINE!"

The comment by Sal is priceless:

At your friend's behest to be your guest
You allowed her to your place.
Yet with great zest she became a pest
And wiped her feet in your face.

While a friend in need is a friend indeed
And they're good to keep in reach,
This "friend" in need just wanted free feed
So good riddance to the leech.


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7054 on: Today at 11:46:19 AM »
This is a moocher-lite post, but it came to mind reading another post today.

SO's cousin decided to get married on NYE.  About 2 months prior to NYE.  When we already had plans.  We altered the plans slightly so we could attend the ceremony and a few hours of the reception.  To our surprise, the family was intending to have my SO DJ the event along with another cousin.  No one told us this.  Apparently the other cousin just assumed SO would be fine with this and was quite put out when we made it clear we were leaving at a specific time.

To our shock, the same thing happened when another sibling in the same family got married the following year.  Assumptions SO would DJ with his cousin but no one clued him in.  Wouldn't you assume after the first debacle that the bride's parents (same people for both weddings) would have spoken to him directly? 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7055 on: Today at 12:28:41 PM »
New favorite. 
Got a Facebook notice via my work email. Something about them noticing that I had been having trouble signing into Facebook.  And click the button below to get logged in. 

Nifty.  However two minor points. 
First - I hadn't been having any trouble with Facebook.  At all.  From any of my devices.
Second - My Facebook account isn't connected through my work email. It is through one of my personal emails. 


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #7056 on: Today at 02:44:34 PM »
BeagleDaddy has a client who tries to get everything for free.

She regularly downloads viruses by accident or decides her computer isn't working fast enough and has her son's friend's brother look at it since he's "good with computers" and then calls BeagleDaddy when it is so messed up no one else can help.

His rates are $50.00 for the first hour regardless of how long he's at your place and $20 per hour after that.  She has repeatedly asked if he's at her house and fixes the computer in 15 minutes shouldn't she only pay $12.50?  Sorry, nope.

Last time he told her that she needed a part (I forget what).  She insisted on buying the part herself off the internet.  Okay, fine.  He gave her the specs for the part and told her it should cost about $40 and to call him when the part arrived and he would install it.  She calls.  He goes over to find out she ordered the wrong part because "this one was cheaper".  It was only $18.  Yeah, and it wouldn't work in her computer.  She got upset that he wouldn't "just try" to install it.

This is when he usually tells her to try one of the repair places associated with chain stores.  That brings her back to reality since she knows what they charge and BeagleDaddy charges less and works faster.