"Yes, is Mike Smith in please?"
"This is him."
"Mike, this is Gord from Gamer's Edge. I'm phoning
in regards to the status of your account.
Specifically your son Justin who ran up over $200 in
late charges that have never been paid."
"WHAT?! How did that happen?!?"
"Well, he kept out a PlayStation and three games
for more than two months. I talked to both you
and Justin a few times and I was told by both of you that it
would be paid for in full when it was returned. I
gave you guys the monthly rate."
"I don't have an account there! My son owes for his
own bills, and you should have known better than to
rent to him!"
"Actually, you do have an account here. It's your
account. You signed it up so he could rent machines."
"No I don't. You're just saying that so I'll pay his
bill. I'm never paying it!"
"Seriously, it's your account. I have your drivers
license and SIN # on file. If it goes to collections
it's a guaranteed hit on your credit file. There is
no mistake here."
"I'm not paying for my son's bills."
"Actually, they are your bills. You agreed to pay
any charges he incurs. We talked about this when you
set your account up. It was your account, and Justin
could use it."
"I don't have an account there. I've never been to
"We covered that already. Mike, look, just come
down and make an offer on this. I can understand
you're pissed at what your son did. Hell, if I
charged you the full rate of $7 a day for the games
and system, it would be over $400. I'm not being a
Nazi here, just come down and set up to pay maybe $150
and we'll call it done."
"I'm never paying!" and then he hung up. Tsk.
So it was Gord's fault here, apparently. Anyway, this
was forwarded to collections and the collection
company got a few phone calls from a couple banks
regarding it. Don't know if Mike ever got his loans
he was trying to get, but given that there was more
than one call, it would suggest he didn't. :)