Have you ever had a company ask you to pay 2 cents, and that too by cheque? Well, one Reddit user went through this ordeal and decided to exact revenge. His hilariously evil scheme left the company begging for an apology. Read the story below for the full scoop!
The Original Poster (OP) starts by shedding more light on the situation. He explains that he moved out of an apartment complex in Celebration, Florida back in 2019. The move went smoothly. However, despite paying the final bill sent by the apartment management company, OP and his wife were surprised to receive a follow-up bill a month later…
The Bill Was Ridiculous
OP couldn’t believe it when he saw the company was asking for a payment of two cents. He and his wife both work in the tech field, so they found it hilarious that the company’s IT department didn’t spot the fact they’d spent “$0.50 in postage to collect $0.02 in revenue.” Nevertheless, he grabbed “two cents from the change jar” and went to pay the bill…
Paying Proved Problematic
OP walked into the Apartment Management Company’s office expecting it to be written off. However, when he jokingly passed the bill and the two cents to the manager, he was told “We don’t take cash.” The manager then refused to write off the bill and told OP to pay it by check.
OP Couldn’t Believe It
In response to the manager’s demands, he said “So you want me to write you a check…for two cents. And mail it? And you’re going to process that check?” To his surprise, the manager replied, “Yes, send us a check and we’ll process it.” She then left and went back to her office.
OP’s Response Was Genius
In an act of revenge, OP went home and set up an automatic monthly payment to the company for $0.03. He then “wrote some code to send a letter once a month” that requested a refund for the overpaid bill and attached a request to it that said, “Please send me a check for the overpayment.” The best part? He used an online service to send the letters in ludicrous sizes, like 18” x 24”.
The Apartment Management Company Responded
On the first of the next month, OP received a call from the apartment company’s regional manager. What followed was the “most sincere” apology message anyone could ever hope to receive. Satisfied with this, OP ended his protest and hasn’t heard from them since. But what does Reddit think?
Other Redditors Have Done the Same
Most of the top comments concerning OP’s story were from people who have experienced something similar. For example, one Redditor said, “ATT sent me a $0.03 bill. I sent them a check for $0.07 and began hounding them for my refund.” Another wrote, “ATT sent me a $0.005 bill” and a third received a bill for “$0.03.”
Some Redditors Asked For Advice
A handful of Redditors were so impressed with the OP’s post that they asked for advice on how to handle similar situations! One said, “I just want the name of the postcard company. That’s useful.” Another wrote: “I have enough petty notifications that I need to send to people for projects that I’m going to have fun with this.”
What’s Your Opinion?
Having heard the story, what do you think about how OP dealt with the situation? Do you think he handled it perfectly? Or was this all a bit unnecessary? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
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