Sears — being cheated and taken complete advantage of!
To Whom It May Concern:
I’m writing this letter in frustration and in hopes of showing the public how some Big Companies treat an average person who wants to just live a normal happy healthy life and to pay his debts. I’m talking about Sears who in recent times started a PR campaign with sponsoring along with others the new hit show Home Makeover. It is wonderful how this program is helping a few people a year. But what about a very loyal customer of Sears for over 33 years wouldn’t you think they would go out of their way to be good to that kind of customer? I am appalled at how I’ve been treated and I feel I’ve been cheated and it seems there is nothing I can do about it, no recourse at all so that is the reason for this letter. Thirteen years ago I married and of course I put my wife on my Sears account. A few years of over spending caused us the inevitable we were in too deep on a few credit cards Sears being one of them. We went to one of those TV advertised programs for helping people get out of debt. We decided on Profina a company we saw advertised that really looked like they could help. The promotion was that they could get the companies involved with you to lower their interest rates and work with you and in 5 years you would be free of the debt. It went well for a while and then Sears started asking for more money and we responded with a positive and gave more. I noticed that they never dropped their interest rate at all. I called Sears and asked them why and they told me that technically they did not have too. I let that go and then they asked again for more money which we allowed. Then I saw that interest not only did not go down but it had gone up and they threatened to cancel Profina if they didn’t get more money. They called us and left a few messages on our phone so I talked with them again. They wanted more money and I allowed it to keep them on the program. I asked them if they would drop their interest rate at this time and they said no. I asked if this is how they treat all their long time customers and the response was “I don’t make the policies Sir”. And by the way they were not very friendly at all in any of the conversations they make you feel awful. We went for a while now without further problems until I noticed a statement from Sears (my wife had been handling the finances and I had not seen the statements which was a mistake). But to my disbelief we had been paying them $143 a month and the interest rate charges alone were $145 so our balance had been going up never down. At this point I was very angry and I called them and asked what was going on and got the disinterested response of “I don’t know maybe you should pay more”. I was angry at this response and I told Sears that if this is how they treated a customer of over 31 years at the time I would never set foot in a Sears store again. Again the response “I don’t make the policies Sir”. After getting off the phone and calming down a little I called Profina and stopped further payments of any kind to Sears. It didn’t take Sears long to start the calls sometimes 7 or 8 times a day. I talked with them a number of times and felt I was treated very unprofessionally and told them so. When I tried to explain why I had stopped payment they told me they would keep adding up charges of late fees and interest. I finally called and talked with a manager and told her I would begin payments only in the event they would drop all interest fees and late charges and I would again start to pay them. When I said drop all interest I made it clear that the rest of about $3,000 would be interest free until paid off. I was told they would do that so I told them I would start paying them on a certain day of each month but before we finally settled the manager said “Now you know that interest will again begin in 3 months”. I couldn’t believe my ears and I told her no that was unacceptable and I said good bye and hung up the phone. After that I would not answer my phone again and let them leave messages and they kept calling and calling and calling. In time they wrote off the debt and on my credit report it said written off. But later I found out they had sold the account to another collector who hounding me to no end. So Sears had written off the debt and collected on their taxes as a loss and then sold it to another collector for so much per dollar so Sears collected again. I refused to deal with the new collector telling them the debt had been written off and that Sears no longer could claim any harm. So they sold it again to another collector then another and another and for a few years now I have been hounded by them all. I felt so angry I was going to ignore them no matter what but now they have sent it to a lawyer (society’s downfall members) and he is going to take me to court. His name is Bryan Cannon and is located in Sandy Utah. The bill is now at almost $11,000 and it will climb a couple more thousand for his costs. So I would like the public who have been hurt by these credit card companies (especially Sears) to give me a call and let us set up some time to do a peaceful demonstration at the Sears in Riverdale. We can use picket signs and have brochures available to let Sears know what kind of business they really are. I’m going to send this over a lot of the country so I ask them to call me too and we can organize a demonstration in their region as well. My name is Cory Fausett and my phone number is [protected]. Please help one man make a difference by standing up to this problem of mistreatment. I was willing to take care of my part of the debt but Sears choose to cheat me and be greedy. What else is there to do please help me make a stand and I will demonstrate it to Sears and other credit card companies as their ethics stink. They do what they will with interest rates but give out cards like candy even to our youth. How many ads do you get in the mail for signing up each month? How many do your teenagers? Let’s take a stand please and not let them have that control any longer. I will send this to Sears as well and many other Letters to the Editor across the country. Oh and by the way all the companies that stayed with us on Profina have been paid off now so if Sears would have just been less greedy and less willing to stab a long time customer in the back they would have been paid but it seems they made more by doing what they did anyway maybe that is why they did it. What do you think? Why should Sears get compensated through a written off bad debt through taxes and the sell of my account to another agency? Who will also collect on it? I am more than willing to pay the $3000 but I will fight as much as I can any other amount but I will lose because we the people have NO SAY at all in being cheated and taken complete advantage of.
Thanks for listening to an angry former loyal Sears shopper,