Memorial day is not a day off here, though we do take some time to think about it all. You've gotten plenty of that elsewhere, I'm sure.
What we've spent most of the day doing is the critically needed re-building of our solar panel array (photovoltaic).
It was so old, it was falling apart. Yep, been doing this that long. In the next post, I'll get into that in more detail, with photos. Still busy at the moment, son is still on the roof doing final wiring.
Meanwhile- in the vacation mode. I had a friend tell me of a new way they just thought of- and acted on- to annoy the credit card companies.
Lots of us are in their grips; I am. And NO, by the great horn spoon, it was NOT our fault. They treat people like dirt- and like prey; and the "government" does nothing to stop them. In what universe is charging poor people 30% interest an intelligent thing to do?
So- my friend said he had a "minimum payment" of $643 due for his good friend Chase. They suckered him into carrying a lot of business debt on that card by claiming "Act now! Pay only 3.99% until fully paid off!" - except those debts are now at 29.99% - because the post office lost one of the payments for 2 days. Excellent business practice there.
As soon as I can get rid of my Chase cards; I will.
Meanwhile- my friend was writing the check; wanted to pay a little bit more than the minimum; usually does $20 over- got to $66 - when it dawned on him.
From now on, all his payments to Chase will be some version of $666.
I think mine will too. Owe $10? Send them $6.66. Owe them $5? Send them $6.66. It'll cost them $10 to track the tiny little credit.
He hopes it will freak them out. Some of their employees, anyway. His way of saying "a curse on you!"
I kinda like it.
The Washington Post has been following this stuff for a while; this article came today- Bad credits
And, a particular example of how hideously they behave- and lie about it.
There's little enough any of us can do to fight back. Maybe if half their payments come in with the Sign of the Beast attached, it'll start to get through to them- we REALLY HATE WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
Hard to understand their thinking- "let's make our customers hate us!" sounds like such an obviously stupid idea.
Pass it on!
Whaddya think? Other ideas?