Saturday, June 26, 2010

Verizon Charges Dead Soldier's Widow A "Termination Fee"

So if you reached that moment in your life where it has come time to change/re-look at cell phone service providers, please consider how Verizon treats the families of American heroes who perish while fighting for our (and their ) safety overseas:

Verizon: Die Fighting In Afghanistan, Pay $350 Early Termination Fee

After a woman's husband died in Afghanistan, a marine felled by an IED, she moved back to her home town to be closer to her family and grieve. In the smaller town, she couldn't get any reception from Verizon, so she called them up to cancel. Despite being a widow and Verizon not living up to its contractual obligations to provide actual cellphone coverage, they slapped her with a $350 early termination fee.

Just something to keep in mind. I've always been a big supporter of unfettered capitalism, but maybe Obama should take over the cellphone business - after all, he possesses about 90% of what was previously known as the "private sector" of the economy,and he's done such a good job with it so far...

After all, we know government bureaucrats would never make a mistake like this...right?

More here.

Update: File this under karmic justice (or further evidence of Verizon's supidity):

Mr. Seidenberg, officially Verizon's CEO, moonlights as chairman of the influential Business Roundtable, the "association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies." That would be the same Business Roundtable that woke up this past month to discover the White House has been playing it for a patsy. It turns out that actively supporting a pro-tax, pro-regulation Democratic majority on issues like health care doesn't really get you anything save more taxes and more regulation.

This has clearly come as a shock to the Business Roundtable....

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