I Know There’s A Language Barrier, So Listen Closely


For several weeks now, members of my family, including myself have been getting calls from “Mike” for my cousin about a debt.  I have no idea what company “Mike” works for, as he refuses to tell me.  I have no information about this supposed debt, because he won’t tell me that either.  I’m fine with the latter, not the first, but what really gets me is that “Mike” doesn’t seem to listen.

My cousin and I share a last name and some DNA.  That’s it.  I don’t know where he lives, his telephone number, or even his age.  I think he got married recently, but that could have been his younger brother.  I just don’t know.  I’m not particularly close with this group of family members.

I have tried to explain this to “Mike,” but “Mike” doesn’t seem to get it.  It could be that my Midwestern accent and his Jersey accent are incompatible.  So, I spoke slower than normal after repeating myself for the third time, which offended him.  I know because he told me there’s no need to get an attitude.

The guy threatened to sue me for hindering his attempts to collect a debt (but wouldn’t give me the name of the company he works for), yet I’m being offensive because I talked slower so he could get it through his thick skull that while yes, we are cousins, I don’t have a phone number for him.

It’s not the first call from “Mike,” I doubt that even today’s re-establishment that I cannot put him in touch with my cousin, will make it the last.  I get that “Mike,” if he really is a debt collector, has a job to do, but calling me repeatedly isn’t going to help him.  He’d have more luck getting my cousin’s phone number using a ouija board than calling me.

At this point, he’s lucky all I’ve done is talk slowly.  He threatens me again with a lawsuit (which is utterly ridiculous) and I’m going to show my less diplomatic side.

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  1. Maria D.

     /  September 22, 2015

    First off he’s required by law to tell you where he is calling from if he’s attempting to collect a dept and calling your phone number. Second he’s also required to take your phone number off his list once you’ve told him your cousin doesn’t live there and you don’t know how to reach him. Third – it’s completely against the law for him to threaten you with any kind of law suit. He’s broken every rule and tenet of the Fair Dept Collections Practices Act. Tell him you have caller id and will be turning his phone number into the FTC – the government agency that overseas their practices….bet he doesn’t call back

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