Slackers Gonna Fail

While browsing around, I stumbled upon a site giving away a free book. Great. All I needed to do with register with them. Then I could get a free book. I guess it was going to be a free eBook. I was never able to find out. Read on to see why.

I clicked the button to get my free book. Oooops. The site was overloaded. I checked back a few times. Always overloaded. They said I could sign up and be emailed later when the site is back up. Ummm I need instant gratification. You can't get me worked up about my free book, and then have the site be overloaded.

I tried browsing around the site to see what they have. Found a good book. It cost twenty bucks. Tried to click on the tab that shows the chapters. Did not work. Okay. This must be an amateur site or something. I am not giving them my email. For all I know, this is just a scam to get my email.

Wait. Maybe I will sign up with a throw-away address. Let's see how that goes.

Big Company Failure

I got a checking account at a local back around 20 years ago. It was just a small bank local to our state. The staff was friendly. Life was good. If there was ever a problem, I just went down to the branch and sorted it out. This bank got acquired by a massive nation wide bank around 10 years ago. I guess things have changed. And it shows.

I needed to change the way some automatic payments were being made with my family's accounts. Went down to the local branch of the mega bank. The branch manager gave me instructions on how to suspend an important service I was using. He gave me directions on how to resume the service. I tried to follow the directions around a month or two later. I was supposed to call a number on the phone. I did so, but was told it was not possible to resume the service.

So I went back to the local branch of the mega bank. I told them what happened. Then I was shocked when I was told it was not possible to resume the serivce. I said hold up. They were the ones who told me how to do it. Turns out they were wrong. Dead wrong. Now I am messed up.

Mistakes happen. I get that. So I just told the local branch of mega bank to fix their mistake. They told me they were not able to do so. They blamed it on some corporate rules that govern them. WTF? That sounded like some sorry excuse. I don't know why I was getting excited and expected anything more from the mega bank. The solution is simple. Got to find a new local small bank. I give my business to those that earn it. Mega bank fail.