Ya'll owe me seven bucks gun money!


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Redlg155
December 29, 2002, 12:14 AM
Just kidding!:D

Actually that's how much it cost for me to finally take the plunge and change my ISP from AOL to Bellsouth.net. Seven bucks difference, and wifey says it's coming from my gun money. Oh well.

It was worse than I expected. I had to listen to a tape recorded message by Leann Rhymes(sp?). Then wade through the choices. Wouldn't you guess that cancellation was the very last one after you waded through three or four choices? Then another important message from Leann...buy my album and a song while I'm waiting for the operator.

Ahh..finally an operator. One who speaks fluent English? HAHAHA! Good one! No..they put this guy on cancellation duty because you can't understand a damn thing he says. Engrish is the closest thing he speaks, if they speak that at all in Bangladesh. Ohh.."You want Cancell?" he aks? "Yes" I reply. Now comes the wailing and gnashing of teeth. I remember that line from somewhere, but I didn't think it was from the AOL Cancellation Line. Now he wants to know why...oh great. I don't have the time nor inclination to explain politics with this guy, even if he does understand, so I just tell him I'm not going to be using Internet anymore.

Ohh.."Ayyeee...I see." He replies. Now he offers me three months free internet before they automatically cancel me. Oh..and free of charge, not even what I currently owe. What?...umm..didn't you just understand that I said I'm not going to be using Internet anymore? So why would I need three more months free? Good greif.

Forget it ..come to think of it. For all this aggravation, you guys do owe me seven bucks!:D

Good Shooting
Red

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Preacherman
December 29, 2002, 12:26 AM
Red, you might want to keep a close watch on your credit card. I know of dozens of horror stories from AOL customers who cancelled, but found that the debits kept on coming on their credit card - and coming, and coming, and coming... A couple of my friends eventually had to change their credit card number and close the old account to stop it!

Blackhawk
December 29, 2002, 12:32 AM
As Preacherman says, but he said it first!

I'd even go further and inform your CC company that you have terminated that vendor and to refuse any further billing attempts AOL makes. The good that will do is that your CC company will make a note of your call, which will be instantly accessible to the CC person you call to protest AOL's billing next cycle. :) That will go a long way to stop further billing, because unauthorized billing is a violation of the CC agreement AOL has to comply with. The CC company is your best ally on any transaction because it only makes money whey YOU use the card, and they want you happy!

Redlg155
December 29, 2002, 12:35 AM
I've heard the same things. That's why I plan on checking the first scheduled time it should charge. If it does I'm going to devote a week long time period to remind them every couple of hours to make sure they get it right! And of course I will contact my CC folks.


Good Shooting
RED

PATH
December 29, 2002, 12:37 AM
Sure am glad you left AOL. They are the pits!

Nanook
December 29, 2002, 11:49 AM
I have to chime in here and back up the "watch your credit cards". It's not an exaggeration at all, it takes a couple of months to affect the change. They just keep billing you like you never left.

I was one of the beta-testers on AOL years ago, so long ago that my screen name was my first name, last initial and 22. You should have heard the whining when I left for greener pastures about six months after they went live.

I left because of their slow speeds and constant dropping of connection, at the time I didn't know about their anti-gun stance.

dinosaur
December 29, 2002, 02:14 PM
The check is in the mail.:)

QuickDraw
December 29, 2002, 06:26 PM
I have first hand knowledge of the continuation of charges!
Took 2 or 3 months after I discovered what was going on!
After threatening legal action,*poof*,problem solved.
Keep an eye on your affected account


QuickDraw

Jim March
December 29, 2002, 10:59 PM
Plus now you've gotta get that crap off your hard disk and somehow get a regular Internet connection working. In some cases that requires a crowbar and an exorcist. Got a bell, book and candle handy?

MMcCall
December 30, 2002, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Jim March
Plus now you've gotta get that crap off your hard disk and somehow get a regular Internet connection working. In some cases that requires a crowbar and an exorcist. Got a bell, book and candle handy?

"I need an old priest, and a young priest.." ;)

Good on ya for making the switch.. it'll be worth much ore to you than $7 in the long run, believe me.

Redlg155
December 30, 2002, 02:34 AM
I got all the crud off and the new ISP is up and running. I guess I got lucky. The folks over at Bellsouth even set it up so that for the next 30 days all of my old mail will be forwarded to me from AOL without my having to visit the place.

I think I will eventually back up everything I need and reformat to get a clean wipe of everything associated with AOL on my computer.

It's a joy to boot up IE and not have 8 thousand advertisements.

Good Shooting
Red

Okiecruffler
December 30, 2002, 06:51 AM
AOhell nailed my CC for 5 months before I realized what was happening. Then they swore up and down that I never called to cancel service. Like I would forget being put on hold for 3 hours. All I can say is that sometimes pre-paid legal comes in handy.

DeputyVaughn
December 30, 2002, 12:36 PM
Good move dumping AOL (almost on line). You'll be amazed at what the internet can do without them.
The only way to get AOL off of your computer correctly is to reformat your hard drive. Otherwise you'll be finding AOL icons in your programs forever.

Scott

AZTOY
December 30, 2002, 12:45 PM
DeputyVaughn is right

I had to do the same thing to get AOL off my computer.

cola8d8
December 30, 2002, 02:10 PM
Watch it real close if you let them draft on your checking/savings account. I have seen people put a stop payment for the amount, the next day they will to "run it though" with a $0.01 difference so the stop payment will have no effect...

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