atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5364: I've been a customer for 20 years, so give me a new phone

That was today's genius. A guy who claimed to be a manager for an electronics store, telling me that because he's been a customer of $Major_Telecom for 20 years and this is the first time he's ever damaged his (uninsured) phone, he should get a new phone without having to pay off his half-paid-for phone, first.


He's a manager for a store and if one of his customers has a problem, he fixes it!

What I didn't ask: If someone came into his store and said, "Look, I know I've only made half the payments on this $700 phone, but I broke it and I've been buying stuff from you for twenty years, so I deserve a new phone without paying this one off," he'd gladly accommodate him? What business would remain solvent for more than a year doing that? If he's really a manager of an electronics store, he'd know how razor thin the margin is on consumer electronics, and would understand how quickly a business would go broke if it let every Tom, Dick, and Harry have free $700 smartphones.

Of course he didn't have any equipment protection.

I gave the guy his options: 1) pay off the phone and buy a new one (already given to him by a prior rep). 2) buy an entry-level smartphone. 3) Buy a certified pre-owned device. Do you see the common theme here? Buddy snowflake didn't like any of them and wanted to talk to a supervisor, who would have told him the same things I told him if he'd stayed on hold long enough to talk to one.

You don't get a free phone. You just don't. It doesn't matter how long you've been a customer and it doesn't matter how much you threaten to go to another carrier. $Major_Telecom isn't going to stay in business very long if they hand out $700 phones like candy on Halloween, so they don't, and your piddling $200 per month phone bill isn't enough to change their mind about it.

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Of late I have found myself contemplating the similarities between the early 21st century and the fall of Rome. One theory about Rome was that it fell because they used lead to make plumbing (hence the relationship between plumbum, the Latin name for lead, and "plumbing", the English word for piping) and the people gradually went fucking insane due to lead poisoning. Well, we dumped literal tons of lead into the atmosphere, in the form of burned tetraethyl lead (used as a valve lubricant and anti-knock additive in gasoline) for decades, coming to a peak in the late 1960s; sometimes I think the decline we are currently experiencing is not coincidental.

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Maybe the e-mails thing is getting serious. Chicago Tribune sez, "If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process: They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place."

Ha! Ha! Ha. What Democrat would ever do that if he didn't have to? Especially a Clinton?

But if a lefty rag like the Tribune is calling for Hillary to step down, you can bet a lot of other lefties are at least thinking it.

Problem: there is no process for a nominee to step aside at this late date. The election is in nine days, for crying out loud. Even if Hillary were to decide to do it--which she never would, and the entire country and Democrat machine be damned--there's no way to do it that wouldn't result in an endless legal snarl of suit and counter-suit.


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Started watching Baukon! not long ago. Kind of a tribute to Steven Den Beste. Last series I'll watch due to his posts. *sigh*

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Other than idiocy, today went about as well as one could hope. Tomorrow's my Friday, and I'm glad of it.

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