I don’t know what’s going on in your neck of the woods, but here in Backroads, the talk of the town is the forced hookup of cable boxes. I don’t have cable, so I may not be the most reliable of sources. I used to have cable when I lived in town, and it was out at least one day a week. Not that I got a reduction on the bill or anything.
My mom was all discombobulated because she doesn’t want the boxes. I thought it was simply because the elderly don’t like change. Then she was upset because DISH Network tried to stiff-arm her into getting a credit card or using mine in order to establish service with them.
Well, well, well. I’ve gathered a bit more information on CableGate. The talk at the teacher lunch table was that if you don’t get the boxes, you won’t get a signal. You have to get a box for each TV in your house. And there is a monthly service charge of $24 PER BOX! That’s highway robbery! The one telling the story has five TVs. She said that they just found out about the box thingy, because their bill is paid and they don’t even open the envelope when a paper bill arrives. She sent her husband to the office to pick up the boxes, and he said they had an ARMED GUARD in the lobby, because people were so hateful about being forced to get the cable boxes.
Oh, but it gets better. The counter clerk complimented Luncher’s husband on his polite behavior. In fact, they told him that since he was so polite, they were going to give him his cable boxes for half price. Don’t that just beat all? She said that other people were coming in, declaring, “This is CRAP! We don’t want the boxes. We don’t want all those channels. We are fine with what we have.”
I had to agree with them. “Well, it IS crap if they can pick and choose who gets service for half price. How fair is that? Obviously, they can afford to give away the service to SOME people, so they must have jacked up the price to begin with.”
“I’m not sure they gave him the boxes for half price. Maybe they gave him an upgrade for the regular price.”
“Same difference. Some people get a special rate on the whim of the counter clerk. That’s no way to run a business.”
I also found out that my mom was getting her cable box fee waived for the first year. She didn’t say why. Maybe it was because she was threatening to ditch them for DISH. Maybe it was because she’s a septuagenarian. In any case, that’s not fair, either.
Mom was really upset this morning. “Ever since Genius hooked up my cable box, I can’t tell what time it is in here. The old one had a red light and showed the time. This one just has a red light. I never know what time it is in the dark.”
I hope that armed guard is still in the lobby, just in case Mom decides to give them a piece of her mind about the clock thing.