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AARONS RENT TO OWN SMACKED WITH $1.2M VERDICT: 'SA Debt Collector Gone Wild'
Mega-corporation Aarons Rents got its collective hiney spanked to the tune of a $1.2 million verdict yesterday, after a pitched battle in San Antonio.
Aarons has been using thuggery and violence to collect late charges from many of its customers when they fall behind on payments for over-priced merchandise, which Aarons rents to folks with bad credit.
Adding to the stun-gun pop was the fact that local attorney John Dwyre and his small staff were forbidden by the court to tell the jury of other Aarons tactics, which included purposely hiring convicted felons as collectors, the stalking of children,knifing one customer, and other evil practices. (See stories below.)
What a nasty letter for a $16.96 debt!
A collection agency tried to collect a $16.96 debt with an letter that addressed its recipient with a four-letter word for excrement. "Dear S---," began the letter attempting to collect from an old record club membership. The word was spelled out in the letter, which arrived in an envelope addressed to "S--- Face."
"I've never seen anything quite so brazen," said attorney Kenneth Hiller.
He said his client plans to sue Nationwide Collections Inc. of Fort Pierce, Fla., next week.
76 year old Staten Island woman hit for $5 co-pay on ambulance gurney
As she lay on an ambulance gurney, ready to be taken to the hospital after suffering a heart attack, 76-year-old Barbara Antonelli saw a receptionist from her Sunnyside doctor's office running toward her.
Mrs. Antonelli figured she had left something behind or that the employee simply wanted to wish her well.
Instead, the stricken woman was asked for her $5 co-pay, and the ambulance was held up while she scoured her purse for the money.