Work ConversationPosted: May 24, 2012
This is between: me (b), co-worker one (c), and co-worker 2 (d). Yes I notice there is no a but I really wanted to be at the beginning but I thought how awesome it would be to say I’m “B” which is the first letter of this blog!
C: “I was actually skimming through my credit card info the other day and noticed that I was charged $120 for this program that I’m doing (the VI shakes) and then I noticed at the beginning of the month that I was charged $30 by them for a website usage fee. Apparently because I signed up for their program I am getting charged $30 for the use of their website. That’s $150 that was charged without me knowing about it.” **side note: I am not signed up for the VI shakes so have no knowledge of how their program works or charges. This is just a conversation. If information here is wrong, it’s not really my fault/problem**
B: “well, it’s a good thing you check your statements regularly. Did it say anything when you signed up for the program about website usage or recurring charges?”
C: “Oh I never actually check my statements. I have no idea if it said anything about recurring charges or not because I just assumed it wouldn’t. I thought I would have to order stuff in when I needed it. But normally I just pay the credit card without checking the statement. I usually know what’s on there.”
D: “Yeah, same here. Why should I have to check the statement when I know what’s going to be on there? I know I shop—I don’t need to be reminded of it.”
It was here that I checked out of the conversation in disbelief! Not that I haven’t done things like that in the past, but D is older than me and higher up in the company than I am. I didn’t really want to say what immediately came into my mind of “obviously you guys should be checking your statements! If this happened this one time, how many other times could you have been charged for something that you shouldn’t have been?” So I didn’t say anything.
Like I said, I’ve done things like that in the past. I’m not judging them but I am saying that they should be checking their statements. I balance the checkbook but I still look at the bank statement (both online and paper form as the bank hasn’t figured out that clicking on the “go paperless” means to stop sending a statement) to double check the money. And it isn’t even my checkbook! It’s my fiancés but I like balancing it so I took over doing it.
Have you ever had this happen to you at work? How do you deal with it?