Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What's Considered Poor?

This is beyond belief!

Time Warner is charging more to folks who can least afford to pay. Geneva Hurst, 82, is upset because she had to pay a dollar extra when she paid her cable bill in person at a Texas City service center. She doesn't have a checking account or credit card and cashes her Social Security check to buy food and pay bills.

Geneva said, "I goes there. I don't have a checking account but I pays it in cash. And I walk in there one day and I paid it in cash and she says when I paid -- 'Oh, you know, we have to charge a dollar extra.' ... It's a sad thing. It's so sad, 'cause poor people, we just barely getting by with what we're already paying."

John Stokes, 81, also survives on Social Security. He keeps a detailed ledger of all his bills.

Stokes says as soon as he gets his Time Warner cable bill he goes right over to the Time Warner service center and pays his bill. And that extra dollar is hard on folks who don't have enough dollars to begin with.

Stokes said, "My Social Security, that's what I'm living on, you know. I have to watch what I'm doing."

"A dollar's a dollar," said Geneva. "But you take it like that, that's 12 dollars a year and you have a lot of poor people paying cable bills."

Since when do "poor people" get cable? Is cable supposed to be some right for the "poor?" Are we defining "poor" as ones ability to pay their cable bill? These wimpy ass crying little whiners have no idea what it's like to be "poor." This is a disgusting insult to those whe are truly in need.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A person living solely on Social Security in today's world is poor. But being poor does not mean they don't want cable, it simply means they can't afford cable and should use basic tv. It is more difficult for some people to adjust than others. n this instance, the woman could not adjust, the man adjusted very well. Lee

May 31, 2006 6:51 AM  
Anonymous JannyMae said...

This reminds me of the welfare queens I used to deal with, at a Chicago city hospital. When we discharged them, we were required to take them to the cashier, so they could pay their, get this: ONE DOLLAR per day, medicaid obligation. I never saw one pay it.

"Oh, I can't afford that."

"Oh, I doesn't gots money with me."

"I don't think that's fair."

"Oh, I gots to cash my welfare check first."

Never seen so many excuses. Funny, though, these bitches always had the money to go buy cigarettes...and in some cases, drugs.

I'm sorry, if you can afford cable, you can afford another dollar to pay for it.

May 31, 2006 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Mila said...

Right with you on that, JannyMae.

May 31, 2006 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

If these people are so destitute, then why are they subscribing to a service such as cable tv? Seems they should prioritize their needs.
Maybe we are all paying their food and medical bills via medicaid while they kick back and watch the cable network.

May 31, 2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger Terrence said...

I hope the electric company doesn't charge them an extra dollar, too. That would probably cut down their AC usage by about an hour a month.

June 01, 2006 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Les said...

Great post, CJ.

No question - people need to learn how to live within their means. As you may recall from past conversations, I'm a mortgage consultant, and let me tell you - you wouldn't believe how ridiculously overextended people let themselves get. I do loans for people who use 125% of their homes' value. 125%!!! Why? Because they're trying to dig themselves out of their credit card debts and avoid bankruptcy and/or foreclosure. It's absurd.

Like Linda implied, the issue isn't really the fact that the cable bill has gone up a dollar - it's that these folks shouldn't be wasting their limited resources on cable in the first place! I don't know how much cable costs where you live, but my cable package consists of DVR, premium channels, etc., and generally runs around $60 to $70 a month. How many meals is that? How many tanks of gas is that? How many crucial daily needs does that $70 cover?

Live within your means, folks. Cable is a perk, not a necessity.

June 03, 2006 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Les... didn't you get the memo... Congress is going to amend to Constitution giving everyone of us the right to cable television.

I want my ESPN.


June 04, 2006 11:17 PM  

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