My wife says that she’s going to give up her phone. I’m not in favor of it, but I understand her point. Several weeks ago, Straight Talk stole $30 (plus tax) from me by selling me a number that they had to know was bad Why did they even print a card with a number that had already been used? I usually save my receipt until the card is installed but, somehow, I’d lost that receipt. Without it, Chinamart could do nothing, and Straight Talk runs their sites so as to avoid any possible contact with customers. So, my wife loaned me $30 until the following month (our budget really IS that tight) so I could get another card.
This past week, we got our cards again. I put them on both our phones as my wife watched. Today, nearly a week later, she noticed that those new days were missing from her remaining time. They had literally stolen them back off her phone! Thinking she was safe, she’d thrown the receipt away. If she wishes to keep her phone, she’ll now have to pay out another $30, plus tax.
When I came downstairs just now, from taking a late nap, she told me that she’d decided to give up her phone. She said that $30 could be used for more important things. The only people who ever call her are telemarketers, she said. She has kept it for years “so her son could call her if he needs to,” but he almost never does. She and I call one another when we separate in Chinamart, so we can ask the other questions if needed. Also, though she’d never admit it, she gets terribly uneasy if she can’t contact me. But she’s right, the money might do her more good elsewhere.
If she gives up her phone, though, why should I keep mine? Yes I call other people, but most of them could be called on a cheaper VOIP system. I’ve always considered it a safety thing to even have one with me when out in the yard, in the woods or in the truck. However, generations of folks have lived (or died) without them. If Straight Talk’s system is so flawed, or their morals so missing, that it’s okay in their eyes to steal money from old people on fixed incomes, why should we continue to do business with them? A decision must be made, but it will take a lot of thought. Copyright 2018