Thursday, February 07, 2008

Family References Suck and Other Blather

I got a call today from Rent-A-Center. Now, I don't patronize RAC. I think it's ridiculous to pay $1000 for something that you could spend $120 at Hellmart.

I was curious as to why they would be calling me, so I picked up. The guy on the other end told me that I was listed as a reference by my cousin who was applying to rent-to-own something through them, and would I mind answering a few questions?


RAC: And what is your relationship with this person?
Me: My cousin.
RAC: And how long have you known this person?
Me: ( this a loaded question?) entire life.
RAC: Can you verify her address?

Now, I haven't physically talked to my cousin in months, if not years. The only communication I've had with her was via email and IM.

Me: I know she lives in a small town somewhere.
RAC: Podunk? (Not the real name of the town)
Me: Yup! That's the one!
RAC: Okay...can you verify her phone number.
Me: No. I don't know it off the top of my head...but maybe I can find it somewhere.
RAC: That's okay. Can you verify her place of employment?
Me: Not really. I think she's a telemarketer.
RAC: (Rattles of some business that I've never heard of)
Me: Okay...
RAC: Can you vouch for this person as upstanding?
Me: Uhhh...sure.
RAC: So, can we put you down as a contact in case we need to leave her a message?
Me: Ummm...okay.

Shit! In the event she welches on this rental agreement, guess who's going to get the phone calls. For as long as I have known my cousin, I have known her to not exactly be prompt in the paying of the bills department.

There's a reason people buy from Rent-A-Center.

I'm a little annoyed that she put my name down without calling me first. I'm sure RAC guy hung up and thought that I was not only a crappy reference, but a crappy family member for not even knowing where my own cousin lived and how to reach her. That's not entirely true. I can send her an email.

I called my Mom and told her what happened. She thought it was hilarious.

I'm still not amused. I'm changing my phone number.


Joe said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. If you don't change your number, you'll be up shit creek with the calls when she's late.
When I worked for an alarm company back in the day there was a ROC in the ghetto that guys would steal a car and drive through the roll up door to get in and steal stuff. Its a funny sight seeing a still running car sticking out the roll up door. Sadly, there was no digital photograhpy at the time.

JustCara said...

Call me when you start getting calls. I bet they violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which means the two of us can make a couple of bucks off of them.

RCH said...

D'oh! But I'm siding with your mom on the hilarity. (::ducking::)

FWIW, I don't even know the names of most of my cousins, let alone where they live or what they do. (I've got a ton on my dad's side, and all of them a good 20 years older than me....) DH, who has like five cousins total, thinks it's horrible that I don't know my own [very extended] family. Whatever.

Faith said...

WHY?? Why did you say yes?

You nice people scare me. :P:P:P