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Friday, December 26, 2008

Bah Humbug

Nothing puts a soul in the Christmas spirit like arguing for 20 minutes with a student regarding his balance.

"Please, can't you just say I have a zero balance?"

"No. You owe $424.50."

"But can't you just tell people I've paid it off?"

"No. You owe $424.50. It's already in collections because you're 26 days late."

As this continued, the student got more and more defensive. I got more and more redundant.

"No. You owe $424.50."


"No. You owe $424.50."

We got the point where neither one of us was saying anything. I sat there awkwardly with the phone held against my ear, wishing with all my might that I could close my eyes and successfully transport myself back home with my dog. It is the day after Christmas, y'know. That's where I feel I should rightfully be.

I finally asked if he had anything else to say. He said no. So I mechanically told him to have a nice day before hanging up.

Merry Christmas, indeed.


  1. oh, Liv. I feel for you :( What a lame-o.
    But I hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright :)

  2. That sucks. It's cool that you're so nice about it, though. I probably would have been MUCH nastier in a situation like that.

  3. "But can't you just tell people I've paid it off?" I love that. I think I should call all the people I owe money to and see if they'd be willing to just PRETEND I've paid them!


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