The Independent Variable - Matt Haugland

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Collection Notice

My phone, cable TV, and internet all come from Cox, the cable company. They've always been on separate bills until a couple months ago when they were combined to be on the same bill with an automatic payment plan. However, they did not transfer the remaining balance on one of the old bills to the new one.

Today I received a notice from Cox saying that my account is "seriously past due" and scheduled to be turned over to their collection agency. The amount I owe... 14 cents!!!!

I of course don't want to hurt my credit over 14 cents, but I don't think it's worth a $0.41 stamp to send in a check for $0.14. It's also not worth the gas money (around $1.50) to drive across town to pay it in person. Of course, it probably cost them a lot more than $0.14 to send me the notice.

I think I'll pay it in person next time I'm on the west side of town. I'd like to pay it with 14 pennies. Or should I give them a $0.14 money order or cashier's check instead?

I wonder what would happen if I send them a check for only $0.13.


At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

HAHA!!! That is so wonderful! Please do send them a cashier's check or something of the likes. That is so funny.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger nellie said...

That is hilarious! I say, go with the 14 pennies.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Marcian said...

Make it easy on yourself. Don't weigh down your pocket with fourteen pennies. I think you just should bring in a dime and a nickel...

and ask for change.

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Quyen Arana said...

Knowing Cox in Oklahoma, I'm not at all surprised. I'd suggest going into their office and paying with a credit card.

At 1:10 PM, Blogger amber said...

I like the pennies and the Nickel/Dime plan. You could also have them break a $100 bill for 14 cents.


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