I had 2 interesting things happen to me today:
1. I got an email from Bank of America telling me I was overdrawn on my checking account! What a shock! Well, it was, since I hardly use that account very much anymore and I knew (I knew, I'm telling you) that I was not overdrawn.
As it turns out, Bank of America decided to start charging me a monthly fee out of the clear blue sky (probably because I'm not using the account). I asked the customer service woman when I was informed about this policy. She said, "When you opened the account."
I asked her, "You mean in 1985?"
She took the fee off the account and advised me that to avoid such an event happening in the future, I should deposit $2,000 into the account post haste and not let my balance fall below said $2,000.
I laughed. Then I told her that as soon as my automatic payment to my car insurance goes through next week, I'd be canceling the account.
She seemed stunned that I would consider such a thing, even after I told her I had another account at another bank in town that does not charge me one penny in monthly fees. That bank is open 7 days/week until 6 p.m., I informed her.
She started spouting some psycho-babble, and I had to wonder: do they go to some kind of special training to learn that?
2. I tried to order something through Amazon.com, only to discover Amazon.com is not working today. At first I was told everything would be fine in one half hour, but after one-half hour, I was told everything would be fine in 24 hrs.
Well, after all the trouble I've been having with Newburyport Business, this bizarre turn of events made me feel a little better.
I curse Bank of America and the Internet, I tell you, I really do!
And a certain policeman in a certain seaside town north of here who made a circus event out of the fact that my front license plate was stolen about 3 yrs. ago and is still listed as stolen.
When will these police understand that, if I also have the back plate and my registration, I probably am the owner of the vehicle?
Must get new plates ... I consulted w/Marshal Howard at last night's City Council meeting, and he agrees ...
2 weeks ago