June 2017 our neighbors were told they saw two men in their carport at 2:30 AM. Being an elderly couple, they had a security system installed for their safety - Monitronics. I moved to PR Apr. 2017 to care for my mother who became blind and was living alone. When I heard about the incident, I said to myself if it comes down to living in fear and being a prisoner in our own place of residence, I would move back to the states. At least there, we have police patrolling neighborhoods and people around us unlike living in the tropical rainforest of Utuado, which is desolate and we live in a dead end in the hills and police do not patrol there. They only appear after an incident occurs. A few days after the incident a Monitronics salesman appeared at our door, and a very good one at that -- he did a GOOD JOB of scaring us into getting the system installed. Primary purpose was due to the fact that we are two women living alone with no contingency plan should something happen to us. Everything was fine and it was worth the investment for my piece of mind.
However, come Sept. 20, 2017 Hurrican Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico. We have since been displaced to the USA on Oct. 4, and I have been dealing with this company since then to cancel the contract due to extenuating cirmstances beyond our control. The first call I made, the rep on the phone kept me on the phone for about an hour trying to talk me into transferring the service to where I am living in the states. I was living with friends and they already have a system, but regardless he was hell bent on keeping me from canceling . I tried to be as civil as possible, but I finally asked him to escalate the call to someone who could cancel and be done with it. He finally said he would email me the form that I needed to submit, and where I needed to email it back to. I did what I was advised to do. I thought everything was taken care of then I started getting automated VM / text from Monitronics advising me of overdue payments. I had paid my last bill in Sept and was not going to pay for service when we did not have electricity nor service from them. I called several weeks ago to find out what is going on with cancellation cause of these incessant calls / texts / emails re: $. I was then told I need to call Electric power in PR to get proof that we had no power...seriously??? Everyone on the island knows every call that you make to a gov't agency or office is all automated and no one ever calls back. So I sent them a copy of my online invoice reflecting my last payment to electric power in Sept and no more bills as we did not have power. I emailed to them as instructed, so I thought that was it, What was I thinking? the emails / texts/ calls continued. I called their telno. [protected] to speak with a supervisor so they can finally do what they said they would, but all I got was a smart-[censor] snot nosed employee telling me that we are still under contract and they will continue to charge until we pay for the remainder of our contract for 1.5 years.
This is under my 87 y.o. mother's name and she is not concerned about having her credit history ruined at this juncture of her life; however, it is causing her angst as she is constantly worrying about this situation not being brought to closure. How money hungry is this company that they are not willing to exercise good business practice that would take care of our situation and they have no regard of the hardships we have gone through due to a natural disaster. This is not a situation we have caused and all they are concerned about is charging a 87 y.o. who has been displaced and will not be returning to her homeland. Once they lock you into an agreement, you are locked in until you die. They will have to write this one off eventually especially when my mother is no longer on this earth. I will never ever do business with them and will make it a point to share my experience with everyone I know and use social media to spread my story.
Greed is the root of all evil.
I have all the emails they sent with the documents they sent us for esignature and their email confirmation and they are totally ignoring what they claim they would do. If they continue with this. we will seek punitive damages for harrassment. Do they have no compassion for an 87 y.o. and all she has gone through since Maria?
Hope this reaches authorities that will make this right.