Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, December 19, 2016
Chalk One Up for the Working Man
By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on December 18, 2016
Used with permission
On Thursday, I tried a case for a close friend on mine in the Jefferson County, Alabama District Court in Bessemer, Alabama. My friend is a hard working Bessemer resident and family man whose world was turned upside down when Citibank sold his credit card account to San Diego-based junk debt buyer, Midland Funding, LLC. He is one of millions of bank credit card customers each year whose accounts are bundled in loan pools and then sold to junk debt buyers without the customer’s knowledge.
Midland Funding is one of several mega junk debt buyers in America. This group of financial sharks buys unsecured bank debt for pennies on a dollar and then strong arms debtors who miss one or more of their monthly payments. Midland is part of a multi-billion industry of shady financial predators.
In my friend’s case, Citibank sold his account to Midland Funding. The balance on the account was $6,800. My friend paid his credit card monthly on a regular basis, but had an unexpected hiccup in his monthly cash flow a couple of years after he opened the account. As a result he failed to make a couple of his payments on time. When this occurred Citibank sold my friend’s account to Midland, and Midland eventually sued my friend. This is how my friend became my client.
Remember, Citibank had a similar hiccup during the Great Recession of 2008. The bank requested and received a total of $181.6 billion in federal bailout assistance to keep from collapsing. In fact, Citibank led the banking industry’s “welfare queens” by receiving more financial bailout assistance than any big bank in the U.S.
Citibank’s “Thank You” to the taxpayers like my client, whose tax dollars made the financial bailout possible for these big banks, was the low-down act of selling his credit card account to a shark like Midland Funding. The big banks were quick to take taxpayer-sponsored financial assistance, but slow to give taxpayers similar financial assistance in return.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 27, 2012
I happen to enjoy friendship with a young family whose matriarch was at first, overjoyed at the prospects of their firstborn obtaining gainful employment in this tough economy.
Their son, who in this post is identified as Young Man, is a recent high school graduate, and demonstrates musical talent.
Recently she posted the following on her FaceBook page:
“Did you know if you work at McDonalds you are pretty much forced to *eat* McDonalds? 😦 The breakroom has only a table & chairs. No fridge to keep your food cool or microwave to heat it up. So, unless you are able to drive yourself to work & carry your food in a cooler in your car, then you have to eat there. Plus, you only get 30 minutes. This makes me upset! I’m trying to convince -*- to apply elsewhere…”
I found the numerous responses fascinating, which are as follows – my response is last, italicized and emboldened.
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Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Lost In Space: TOTALLY Discombobulated | Tagged: Almond butter, cooking, FaceBook, family, food, Food and Drug Administration, friends, friendship, good people, hard times, hardship, home, job, life, McDonald, Michael, New Mexico, Peanut, Peanut butter, tough, Trader Joe's, work | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I received this message in e-mail and wanted to pass it along to others whom may be interested.
Wishing you all the best! …Continue to jobs…
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