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11.15.2006

Money For Nothing

I had a funny conversation this afternoon with a guy that had left a nasty message with one of our staff members. He would only tell her that he was calling me "on a business matter." Since he had called before and since he was throwing down some attitude, I decided to call him back. He told me, quite indignantly, that he had tried to call many times before and then said, "I would like to know how you intend to structure the student loan that you defaulted on." Not ever having defaulted on a loan in my life, I politely pointed that out to him. Of course, he didn't believe me. "You are Barry K. Green, a lawyer, aren't you?" "Uh, no." I said. (That "K" doesn't belong to me.) "You weren't born in 1956?" (Thankfully, I could answer that with a "hell, no" - which I didn't - but I did suddenly feel sad for some 50 year old guy that had defaulted on a student loan.") While the debt collector was scribbling all the info down and sounding very confused on the phone, I decided to use The Google by typing in "Barry K. Green" followed by "attorney". I came up with a name and address of a guy by that name that was in Austin. So I told the collector, "Hey, I just found somebody by that name in Austin who is a lawyer." "Really!" he replied (and I am not making this up.) "Could you tell me his address and phone number?"

8 comments:

goober said...

Yea, it's amazing what a middle initial will do. Remeber the school teacher @ Alvord who the WCM said was the guy who had the shootout w/ the cops in the hospital parking lot?

Anonymous said...

It's so amazing to me how ignorant these collectors are and why in the world they don't get those type of facts down correctly in the first place.

It also shows what jerks these collectors are and why people who do default on loans, etc. won't pay back debts because of these negative and nasty approaches.

Mr. Independent said...

Maybe you could hire Barry K. Green to sue them for you for harrassment. Wouldn't that be an irony!

Anonymous said...

I had the same thing happen to me in 2004 for some guy who owns a construction business. I got served with court papers and everything. I had to deal with it for over a year. But I was able to prove that it wasn't me. I told the collector that I deserved an apology, but surprise, surprise I didn't get one.

Anonymous said...

9:00 - the irony may be that this guy intends to sue both Barry Green's just to be sure he gets that loan paid back.

These are the days of friviolous lawsuits.

Barry, be sure you have your birth certificate handy.

:-)

Anonymous said...

It took my mother almost two years to clear up a hot check that she didn't write to a NTB in Austin. The employee transposed a number on the driver's license and it made it my mom's. Crazy stuff..

Anonymous said...

Mixups happen in hospitals too. A relative was hospitalized and began having all of these strangers entering his room with puzzled looks on their faces. There were two patients on the same floor with the same name, however one was white and the other one black.

Anonymous said...

yea and i had that happen to me one time in a titty bar.