24 January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Kathryn Haralson had already fielded calls from debt collectors at her home and work. They even phoned her daughter at college.

So when Haralson, 47, logged into her Facebook account one day, she was surprised by an unwelcome inbox message: a request to call “Mr. Rice” about her debt.

“It’s not like they needed to go on Facebook to find me,” Haralson said. “I was in contact with them all the time. That crossed the line.”

The government is considering regulating this sort of thing.

I’m all for it.

I used to get phone calls for the person who used to have my phone number. I don’t know anything about the previous possessor of that number except that she apparently owed a lot of people a lot of money. It reached the point that we just let all calls go right to the answering machine.

One outfit called four or five times a day, every day. When I tried to call them back, their automated “response” system made Verizon, whose customer service phone system is designed to keep callers from talking to real live human beings, look like a model of customer friendliness.

I finally made them go away by writing them a letter and copying my elected representative incongruously assembled.

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