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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