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06-06-2016, 10:16 AM
Last Week Tonight Debt Collection



Quite the feat he just pulled off.

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06-06-2016, 10:39 AM
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John Oliver is a fucking hero!

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06-06-2016, 10:49 AM
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I hope I was on his list.
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06-06-2016, 10:54 AM
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I do really like John Oliver. As somebody who works in this industry, I'll just say that most of the behaviors he is describing in the 5-10 minute period are illegal and (where I work) you have to sign that you understand these regulations even if you aren't personally interacting with debtors. And we don't go after deceased, Out of Statute, or certain types of bankruptcy. I've never heard of us taking on medical debt, so I'm not sure if we do that or not. I've seen our entire list of clients several dozens of times, and I've never noticed any medical suppliers on it, so I doubt it. But that's just my company, who knows what others in the industry do.

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06-06-2016, 02:57 PM
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(06-06-2016 10:54 AM)Adrianime Wrote:  I do really like John Oliver. As somebody who works in this industry, I'll just say that most of the behaviors he is describing in the 5-10 minute period are illegal and (where I work) you have to sign that you understand these regulations even if you aren't personally interacting with debtors. And we don't go after deceased, Out of Statute, or certain types of bankruptcy. I've never heard of us taking on medical debt, so I'm not sure if we do that or not. I've seen our entire list of clients several dozens of times, and I've never noticed any medical suppliers on it, so I doubt it. But that's just my company, who knows what others in the industry do.

As JO pointed out, it's a patchwork quilt based on location whether or not many of those practices are illegal, and they get away with them 99% of the time even where it's illegal.

I don't doubt that there are ethical versions of those companies, but anyone who thinks (any) corporations are likely to self-regulate have not studied American history. Undecided

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06-06-2016, 03:06 PM
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Just like everything else in the US, for every corrupt industry there is an army of lobbyists working to keep it that way.
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