Several weeks ago I attended a Webinar sponsored by MLT Creative that discussed B2B ( ) blogging techniques. One of their ideas was to write a blog in a different format from what you usually use. They even suggested a poem.
Now a writer I am, a poet I am definitely not. I tried, and it was pretty pathetic so I took my ideas and put them into prose here and embedded a few attempts at poetic lines. Here ya go and please don’t laugh! I’m trying to keep my readers engaged here….
The Saga of the Final Cell Phone Bill – Communication in Dollars and Sense!
We recently changed our cell phone carrier. That seems easy enough today. You go in to your new carrier of choice, they transfer your number, set up your new phone and they even cancel your account with your former carrier. Sounds simple right?
Although they make it easy
The final bill was enough to make me queasy
As luck would have it we did this changeover on the day that our former carrier rolled our new bill. Now we all know that you generally pay for your service a month in advance. I’m not sure how it happened, but we ended up with a final bill for 78 cents. That’s right 78 cents – 3 quarters and 3 pennies. Here’s where my adventure began.
So I thought I’ll just go to my bank’s billpayer online service, which is where I pay most of my bills. Trouble was the bank has a minimum payment requirement of one dollar. I wasn’t crazy about that idea either. I thought I’ll just stop by a local AT&T store and pay the *$%@# bill.
The nice gentleman at the ATT store said, “Sure we’ll take your 78 cents and more,”
It would cost me 500 pennies, 20 quarters, 50 dimes so thin,
In other words, to pay in full costs a service charge of an extra fin
The friendly man said, “Just go pay online”
Now that would be fine
But my closed account won’t let me in
I thought my only choice is to spend that fin
So back to square one. I thought I just can’t win this battle. So I figured just pay the extra 22 cents with BillPay and be done with this nonsense.
At last I guessed my journey was done
But soon the mailman came and brought more fun
To my surprise I got a check
Those two dimes plus two pennies came back
Now I get to spend some gas to drive to the bank with that silly draft
But in the end I won, I think. Well, maybe not, just think about all of the energy it took me to figure out how to get rid of this silly little bill.
Oh what a complicated world we have created. You gotta love it! Do you have a story to share ? Let’s hear it!!