Incompetence comes with a high price…

When you pay top price you expect it will at least work, right?

Wrong.

In this day and age paying for an advertised product seems a privilege, and with it you may or may not get service.

I have spent the last two weeks dealing with incompetence of one sort or another. First, I tried to order a pair of shoes online – a task that should have taken me 15 minutes at most. It took me THREE DAYS, and in the end I paid $113 for a $37-dollar pair of sneakers. [The duty and taxes were $52, alone!)

Then, I paid $40 US for a FTP program ($70 CDN) that won’t activate using the company’s own serial number.

Finally, ‘The Bank of More Oil’ screwed-me-up on my credit card – not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES.

Realizing that the expiry date (01/16) would happen while I was out of the country, I contacted the company to arrange for a renewal card toward the end of September 2015. Thereby I was assured one would be sent out within ten working days. Meanwhile, a week before I left in November, I arranged for credit card with another bank, and wrote Bank of More Oil off.

There was a method to my madness, because it also got rid of a lot of charges that I no longer wanted but couldn’t cancel because the companies made it so difficult (…without a private investigator to find the formula.

Well, come 01/16 I found that Bank of More Oil was allowing these very same charges through on (what I thought was) and expired card.

Turns out, in their logic 01/16 means 31/01/16, so I was hit with the very same charges – in some cases yearly – that I wanted to get rid of.

BUT…

To make matters worse, they started to allow charges dated 02/16 through as well!

That’s when I blew my top, and now they have cut me off from communicating with them as well.

Grrrrrrr!

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Here are a few photos you may find interesting:

 Views like this is what you generally see of Belize, and they are there almost every place you look; however, there is another face to Belize as well...

Views like this are what you generally see of Belize, and they are there almost every place you look; however, there is another face to Belize as well…

 

 A short walk away from the beaches, this is a fairly typical scene of what San Pedro looks like.

A short walk away from the beaches, this is a fairly typical scene of what San Pedro looks like.

 

I think the word to describe it is "utilitarian." If it works, don't care what it looks like.
I think the word to describe it is “utilitarian.” If it works, don’t care what it looks like.

 

And the next time you complain about potholes, think of this one.
And the next time you complain about potholes, think of this one.

 

Just received word from my publisher, Maple Creek Press, that the block proof etc. should be ready for my approval next this week. (Feb. 21 to 28).
Just received word from my publisher, Maple Creek Press, that the block proof etc. should be ready for my approval next this week. (Feb. 21 to 28).

 

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