December 15, 2013

“If you like your checking account, you can keep your checking account …” [Darleen Click]

Well, it’s not like your actually earned your money …

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.

The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday. [...]

They’re not alone.

One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.”

Another woman on Facebook with a similar problem commented, “We are all in the same boat.”

“We’ve got to figure out how to get money to pay the bills for the next week or two until we have another check come through,” said Josh Bruner. “It’s just crazy.”

Washington Healthplanfinder emailed the Bruners a few days ago telling them to log in to view their invoice, something they couldn’t do because the website has been down. The Bruners haven’t been able to get through on the helpline either. They finally contacted Healthplanfinder administrators by posting a message on their Facebook page.

h/t Mark Steyn who adds:

When Obama has your PIN, it’s Christmas all year round. For him.


Posted by Darleen @ 1:54pm
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  1. Do enough of that and even the float on it for a few days will amount to a nice chunk of untraceable change.

  2. From the article:

    “We haven’t bought anyone’s Christmas gifts yet,” said Shannon Bruner. “We’re just kind of waiting.”

    “We wrote a check to our nanny last week, it isn’t going to work,” said Josh Bruner. “So she can’t get paid.”

    Someone who has a nanny that isn’t able to afford $800 out of their account has problems far beyond an incorrect debit of their account.

    Yet, supposedly, this couple has to watch their money closely.

    Hard for me to have a lot of sympathy for a couple that claims they have to watch their money while simultaneously maintaining the expense of a nanny.

  3. Blake

    It could be that “nanny” is really a babysitter or au pair that they use in order so both parents can build their business … rather than creche-ing the kids in a day care center.

    I don’t find it unusual at all.

  4. and why shouldn’t people be upset when money is taken out of one’s bank account at the bank’s convenience, NOT what one signed up for?

  5. Darleen, I’ll agree, having $800 gone from your account when you’re not expecting it isn’t exactly kosher, but, most people who are watching their pennies aren’t going to have nannies and such. Watching expenses also means doing your best to keep a cushion in the bank against the unexpected. $800, these days, isn’t that much money. Also, I do not schedule payments unless I know I have the money in the bank, just in case.

    I won’t go into any detail, but, through personal experience, I know people, people our age, that have absolutely no clue about budgeting for expenses. They continue to carry expensive data plans on all family mobile phones, pay for premium cable service, yet are always broke and cannot figure out why.

    Now the person who emailed that claimed they were debited twice, that’s a problem. A huge problem.

    I’m just don’t think the Bruner’s story adds up.

  6. I’m = I

  7. So as long as you have enough money to steal it’s OK for the government to steal it?

  8. richard, fuck off. I didn’t say that and you damn well know it.

  9. National Health SHAMBLES: Three damning reports describe mothers abandoned during labour, serious hospital blunders every day and how patients have lost faith in their GPs
    Public confidence in the NHS at record low following run of inquiries
    A quarter of new mothers say they were abandoned by their midwives
    Some NHS consulting rooms were found to be infested with maggots
    Police probe into cover-up claims on cancer treatment waiting times
    Blunder doctors carried out heart surgery on the wrong patient
    Another man had laser surgery on his right eye rather than his left


  10. Well, I guess that means we’ll never get Creator II or Supergirl II now.

  11. Yo can keep your checking account, but not its contents.

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