As His Britannic Majesty, King Charles, II, said, as he lay dying: "Pardon
me this unconscionable delay."
I received a telephone call, one evening. It was from a sales person for AOL
"long distance." I was promised various things. Five cents a minute,
etc., etc. And, one of the inducements was "three months free AOL."
One supposes (and, I think is intended to suppose) that will be three
continguous months. Not so.
The first month came and went. I was charged for AOL services. I called.
I was told: "You had the opportunity to ask when those months might be."
"Young man," I answered, "this is ethically unconscionable. Your salesperson
deliberately misled me."
As a consequence, I canceled AOL.
When I did that, I also canceled all of you!
As you may perceive: I was the one who was being punished. Given the
answer made by the young man to whom I spoke, AOL doesn't care one way or
the other how they do business, so long as they do business.
Which president of the USA was (Coolidge?) who said: "The busienss of
America IS business." And, in the immortal words of Commodore Vanderbilt:
"The people be damned! Ain't I got the power?!"
Anyway, I am back.