How I earned induction into the sqeaky wheel hall of fame.

You can call me “sqeaky”

Or maybe “wheel”

Either would be appropriate because as of this morning I have earned my entry into the sqeaky wheel hall of fame.

I’ve sqeaked before of course. I think it’s fair to say I’ve sqeaked more than most wheels, much more.

But I topped myself today. Today was the culmination of my loudest, noisiest, most annoying and most effective sqeak yet.

It started two years ago when I hired a company called Allsup to “help”  me apply for social security disability benefits. I put “help” in quotes because allsups “help” consisted of getting me denied twice. I finally got my benefits as a result of contacting my U.S senator’s office. Nonetheless, Allsup still saw fit to collect their fee. Took it right out of my bank account

A coupla emails, some remarks on Allsups facebook page, some complaints on Allsup’s own website forum, a complaint to the Better Business Bureau and dozens and dozens of phone calls later, Allsup said “uncle” They agreed to refund their entire fee $4,730.50

This was my most spectacular sqeak but it wasn’t the only one. Just this year in fact I spent a week at the Excalibur hotel in Vegas. From the moment I got there til the moment I left I was hassled by people trying to sell me a time share. When I got home I called the hotel and demanded a refund. And called and called and called and called. Conservatively at least 500 times between February and July. At one point I got a letter from their lawyer demanding that I cease and desists with the phone calls.  That only made me laugh and call more often. Ultimately I got a refund for  my entire hotel stay  $500

   On another occasion I bought a car with a radio that didn’t work. Dealership said it wasn’t covered by the warrenty. Warrenty-smarrenty, they had no business selling me a car with a bum radio. Went to the dealership plopped myself in the chair in front of the manager’s desk and refused to leave until they agreed to replace my radio. Sat there ’bout 45 minutes. They threatened to call the police. Finally got my radio.

Don’t mess with me.

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  • iva75cpb on Oct 18, 2011

    Stick to your rights, this almost always works eventually.

  • Meg Smith on Oct 18, 2011

    Persistence does pay off.

  • Lynn Hollis on Oct 18, 2011

    Hoorah. You probably made these people think twice about messing with the next person that came along after you.

  • Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011

    As a former employee of Allsup many many years ago you really have no idea of the amount of work that this company does for people like you. You\’re a complete jackass if you think your congressman did any work at all especially if you reported them to the BBB. The reason they took their fee is because you probably signed an agreement (a legally binding contract if you don\’t know what that is) to pay them for their services. I love people like you who think that if something doesn\’t go the way you want you pout like a child and expect things to be fixed. I hope you\’re happy that you weaseled hard workers out their well deserved fee. Shame on you and lose your sense of entitlement to everything. I hope they come and take their fee back from you because you technically breached your contract with them.

  • Jeff Powers on Dec 28, 2011

    Allsup may have done a lot of work on my case but they did ineffective work.. I hired them because I thought they could get me my benefits quickly. I could have gotten denied twice on my own. The sense of pride I got for standing up for myself was worth more than the money

  • Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012

    They did not do ineffective work you moron. 75% of all cases get denied at the first 2 levels (I\’m a senior odar attorney so I know how this works a lot more than you). I can assure you that your senator never lifted a finger and that it was their secretary that could give 2 shits about you or your case that called. It takes at least 3-4 weeks for judges to respond to requests from representative offices and even then they get pushed to the bottom of the pile. So this means (if your pea sized brain can comprehend it) that if it only took you a couple of weeks after calling your senator to get awarded they did absolutely nothing. Once again, I work for this ineffective system and it just bugs the hell out of me when dumb shits like you spout nonsense about one of the best companies in the country.

  • Jeff Powers on Jan 4, 2012

    I knew most social security applicants got rejected. That’s why I hired allsup to keep that from happening. They said they could get me my benefis quickly. They lied.

  • Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012

    Since you’re obviously too dense to understand what I’m saying, please continue to live in your dreamland of thinking you were right. I hope this comes back to bite you in the ass. It makes me wish that hotel would have called the cops on you. Maybe you would have been tased to shock some sense into you.

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