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30 October 2002 @ 02:34 pm
Hulk SMASH!  
Today is apparently the day where everyone steals from me, be it possessions or finance.

I got into work today, and found my pen missing. It was on my desk when I left (I filled out some paperwork just before leaving), and it wasn't there when I came in this morning. Now, before you scoff, this wasn't a cheap ballpoint...this was a rather nice Namiki refillable fountain pen, with a retractable nib. I'd used it exclusively for the last 6 years, including all through my college career...now some waste of blood decides to swipe it from my desk. Probably because he thought it looked purdy and fancy. He'll get it to his own office, realize that it's not an easy-to-use ballpoint, and throw it out. Plus, not only did I lose a rather valuable personal possession, it turns out Namiki doesn't even make that particular model anymore. Fuck.

After that, I call Ameritech about a bill I just received from them, for service from Oct 1 to 31. I'd called in early September to cancel service as of the 1st. So, I talk to a woman, who informs me that they made no notation of the cancellation, but they'll be happy to take my money now, thankyou. I argued that carelessness on their part did not constitute financial responsibility on my part, and that they can clearly check their records and see that nothing's been plugged into that line for a month, and furthermore, I'm currently an Ameritech customer at my new address, and maybe trying to meet me halfway on this would be a good way to *keep* me a customer.

Like talking to a brick wall. "Just pay the full October amount, and we'll be happy to cancel your account after that! Aren't we generous?"

And apparently it takes 48 - 72 hours for someone with actual authority to return your call if the brain donor answering phones won't help you.

As a final piece of happyfun, my old apartment is proving very reluctant to release the security deposit. Despite the fact that I left the place in almost exactly the same condition I got it.

I think a nice, long, theraputic rampage in GTA3 is in order.
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Genesis Whitmoregen on October 30th, 2002 12:53 pm (UTC)
Securitylink Ameritech? Yeah.. they've messed me over quite a bit as well. :P Tops in that they seem to forget to mail out their BILL every other month.
Brendan: Micahroho on October 30th, 2002 12:54 pm (UTC)
Bleh! I bet that's the customer's fault, too?
Rattus scientificusskorzy on October 30th, 2002 01:28 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the day to day customer service hassles we were getting from MCI before we finally ditched their telephone service...

and look what happened to Worldcom, just a year later....
genetenveri on October 30th, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC)
MCI continued to send us bills for 6 months after we canceled the service, and, if I recall correctly, sent us to collections, DESPITE the fact that we were calling them to complain every time we received a bill.

I hate corporate america. 'Screw the customer' seems to have become their credo.
Chebutykin: wise cthulhuchebutykin on October 30th, 2002 01:32 pm (UTC)
I hate people that steal things of personal value. May they either come to their senses and return it, or have their heads eaten by something that drools acid.
Brendan: Micahroho on October 30th, 2002 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've decided that, since today's the day where I stay late (after most people in the building leave), I'm going to have a little stroll around the building and see if anyone's suddenly acquired a forest green Namiki vanishing point pen. If they have, I'm not exactly sure what to do. I don't want to just take it, cause there's a chance (however slim) that they just happen to own the exact same very rare pen. If I approach them, though, they can just say, "Oh, uh, it was a gift from my dead aunt Helga."

Getting the cart way ahead of the horse, though. Oh well, at least I see a replacement on eBay should it not turn up :P
TuftEarstuftears on October 31st, 2002 07:31 pm (UTC)
Good luck on it! Taking someone's pen is just a lousy thing to do, no matter what the value, but a *nice* pen...
The clearest night is the coldest.: Xenomorphoctantis on October 30th, 2002 02:57 pm (UTC)
My sympathies. I've had similar happen... my truck got broken into one time, and all my CDs and my sketchbook were stolen. They were CDs of music only I listen to, and my sketchbook had stuff only I would care about. I don't know why they took them, and no matter how furiously I stormed around the parking garage, I couldn't find any trace of them dumped anywhere.

Stealing valuables is one thing, stealing something worth little to them and with personal signifigance to you is insulting. I hope the guy who took your pen gets the beating he's got coming to him, sooner or later. Jack a motorcycle in Vice City by jumping over the handlebars and kicking the guy in the face, and imagine it's your desk thief. :P
genetenveri on October 30th, 2002 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Ssss.
Considering the pen is worth over $100... well.. It's a bit more than sentimental value fueling anger there.

Really hoping the thief will return it, since I do think it was stolen, and not taken by accident.
Lanakilalanakila on October 30th, 2002 06:25 pm (UTC)
Bad Day :(
1) That's a wicked snake picture for your userpic. *shivers* Makes me feel terrified of you already. It's a good image to communicate your mood and feelings.

2) GTA3 rocks! I can just imagine how theraputic the game is after facing such a rough and stressful day.

Lanakila ki ki's with kindness and winghugglesnugs you tightly, nosing and nuzzling you tenderly with his beak. I hope you can get your account cancelled with Ameritech, and that you can retrieve your security deposit that rightfully belongs to you. They have no right to hold onto it, since you left your old apartment in as good of a condition as when you first received it.

*supportive winghugsnugs to carry you for a long way*