The year's oddest consumer complaints
From door-to-door meat sales to private parking meters, the unscrupulous are always working on ways to separate you from your money.
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The meat salesmen come to my house about twice a year. They are all the same: annoying, dumb, and pushy. They don't understand why someone wouldn't want to buy unlabeled meat from a cooler in the bed of their truck.
I have experienced a few of these, although over several years so I would not call them "new" scams.
We had a local business install private parking meters on a next door lot downtown... turned out that he did not even own or lease that lot! He ended up not only paying for the meters and their initial installation, but had to pay fines and rip them out and restore the property. His business reputation suffered enough that he ended up closing that store and opening a new one miles away under a different name.
Had a friend renting a room from an amateur landlord (who had been a friend of his). Among the oddest rules of this landlord: only certain lights allowed on, at certain times of the day (my friend often had to stumble around the house in the dark), must park on the street despite a large empty driveway, separate trash cans, and my friend had to run the landlord's errands including taking him to and from work (they worked at the same place) without refunding gasoline or even a "thank you".
I had a bank present me a "complaint fee" agreement to sign when I was getting a loan. This was a last minute surprise that was not presented during my loan application, and it was "required". I didn't need the loan desperately so I called it off. Got a loan elsewhere and haven't been back.
I've known businesses that couponed themselves out of business. All of them were run by amateurs who were going to fail anyways. But it's their own fault when they fail to limit the number of coupons printed or fail to calculate the costs of honoring those coupons.
I was new to the neighborhood & answered the door once, and when I said, "no thank you" the guy sneered, "what's the matter, don't you like meat?" I said "no" & he looked me up & down & said, "really? that's hard to believe!" I slammed the door in his face, but they kept coming back until I called the place & complained about their rude behavior. One person would drive & the passenger would jump out & bum rush the door if they saw it open, but I used to run up quickly & shut the door & draw blinds. They'd be outside yelling @ me "I know you are home"
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