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The Golden Rule forgotten: A tale of three service plans

They wanted how much for how long?
They wanted how much for how long?Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Most of the time, when people went digging, they were hunting for something unique. For the last few weeks, my digging unearthed some unholy actions from others done to me. So this weekend, was spent getting out of the financial hole people tried putting me in. My feeling the sting of man’s inhumanity to man reared its ugly head. The Golden Rule hadn’t occurred to those that were out to make a fast buck at my expense.

The Bible said:

Luke 6:31

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NIV)

There were two companies that overcharged me for services rendered elsewhere at a manageable price. A technician from Time Warner Cable told me that eventually Microsoft was to discontinue updates that didn’t include even Windows 7. The cable company replaced my Linksys router with a modem/router combo of their own without charging me a dime because of my having cable and internet.

Avangate, known as a reputable company on the internet, ranked at the top of my list as despicable. The customer representative talked me into a two-year service plan at $683. About $300 was for the dinosaur HP Pavilion 735n, which was not wanted because it needed replacing not fixing Yet, they forced me to take a service plan before any work was done fixing my errors on my laptop. There as an unsuccessful attempt by me not to have had that, but they still forced the issue. They told me any other computer or laptop purchased by me was covered under this plan. The customer service representative of the credit card company agreed with me that for the charge that was being cancelled, a new computer could’ve been bought.

Speedy PC contacted me with a possible problem emitted from my computer. As a general rule, those phone calls should’ve been ignored or turned over to some fraud alert company. Nevertheless, they, like Avangate demanded payment before working on my computer. It wasn’t worth the $199 they charged me for and fixed nothing. Unfortunately, my laptop stayed on for more than two days in safety mode before my calling someone else to fix it.

Here’s what the Bible said about those that took advantage of others:

Amos 5:11

Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.(ESV)

Answers By was staying because they were the more manageable of the service plans at $149 for a year. They were the ones that cleaned up my PC and put all the software on it, even the updated drivers. By the time this plan expired, there would’ve been a new computer bought by me. Granted there was a problem understanding the technician because they had a thick foreign accent. That happened on any customer service line nowadays.

AdBlocker wasn’t compatible with my Chrome browser after the upgrades above. First, they blocked even the Jobz For Writers assignments on the job board along with the ads that popped up. After everything was fixed on my laptop, that program butted heads with the software already on it. At least a refund was gotten a lot easier then calling a credit card company.

After all my trouble, there was a light at the top of the tunnel. Thank God there was an out clause with the two computer service companies and the non-compatible AdBlock software. Any longer and my job search would’ve included two more positions instead of just one. Those two service plans were almost $900.