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Old 02-03-08, 04:31 PM
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Columbia House Collections Letter

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Old 02-03-08, 05:32 PM
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Yeah, "Hiller's client" is going down. Signed an affidavit and everything. Idiot. Does he think that Columbia House doesn't have the record of the application and what was ordered and sent? And obviously the law wasn't broken. The letter doesn't "use profanity." If nothing else, the collection agency could simply say the letter wasn't addressed to "Hiller's client," so he had no legal right to even open it, since obviously his real name was never used.

I hope Hiller gets fined, too, first for taking the case with a clear desire to just extort money from a company when he KNOWS his client is wrong, and secondly for his attitude, but sadly that kind of thing is encouraged by the US legal system, so it's probably more likely that he'll make MORE money by getting more business from this.

When I was in college, people would fill out those applications for the CD club with fake names all the time, and change the addresses slightly, making up different fake room numbers and stuff, but they'd still get delivered to the dorms, and they'd get the intro packages and then never pay for them nor follow up. I saw all kinds of stupid names, including things like that (not exact profanity, though--but I did see a "Fuk Yoo") and lots of famous people's names. One guy used to use the names of bandmembers and order that band's CDs, like "Lars Ulrich" to get the Metallica CDs that were in the catalogue, etc..
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Old 02-03-08, 11:48 PM
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How silly.
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Old 02-06-08, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Cheato
Yeah, "Hiller's client" is going down. Signed an affidavit and everything. Idiot. Does he think that Columbia House doesn't have the record of the application and what was ordered and sent? And obviously the law wasn't broken. The letter doesn't "use profanity." If nothing else, the collection agency could simply say the letter wasn't addressed to "Hiller's client," so he had no legal right to even open it, since obviously his real name was never used.

I hope Hiller gets fined, too, first for taking the case with a clear desire to just extort money from a company when he KNOWS his client is wrong, and secondly for his attitude, but sadly that kind of thing is encouraged by the US legal system, so it's probably more likely that he'll make MORE money by getting more business from this.

When I was in college, people would fill out those applications for the CD club with fake names all the time, and change the addresses slightly, making up different fake room numbers and stuff, but they'd still get delivered to the dorms, and they'd get the intro packages and then never pay for them nor follow up. I saw all kinds of stupid names, including things like that (not exact profanity, though--but I did see a "Fuk Yoo") and lots of famous people's names. One guy used to use the names of bandmembers and order that band's CDs, like "Lars Ulrich" to get the Metallica CDs that were in the catalogue, etc..

When we were younger, my brother used to do that with the music clubs. We'd get packages with like my dogs name and stuff. They never actually did anything to him though! I'm surprised.
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Old 02-18-08, 10:05 PM
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Not that it matters much other than its funny that the Associated Press can't use correct grammar.

A collection agency tried to collect a $16.96 debt with an letter that addressed its recipient with a four-letter word for excrement.
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Originally Posted by AlfB
Not that it matters much other than its funny that the Associated Press can't use correct grammar.

A collection agency tried to collect a $16.96 debt with an letter that addressed its recipient with a four-letter word for excrement.
Maybe they originally wrote "an obscene letter" and at the last minute decided to remove the word "obscene". Anyway, this lawsuit is pretty funny. I hope Hiller and his client lose... Even if Hiller's client didn't open the account under that name, the previous occupant of the house or apartment obviously did. You can't expect a collections agency to screen through 350,000 letters one by one to weed out the fake names...
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