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Central security, Inc. Complaint - Stand Up for Yourself

Review by MoOzcan on 2009-12-07
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- On December 7th, 2009, I got a call from central security. They notified me that the charges applied against me were being dropped.

It all started on July 17th, 2009, After five years of service from this company, I decided to hire someone else. I called central and nitified them that their services were no longer needed. I followd the instructions of the service representative and forewarded a cancellation e-mail followed by a check for 65.00 which covered the rest of the year. On August 7, 2009, they casshed the check but continued to bill me each month, Even after I made several attempt to inform them of the cancellation. In November 2009, I contacted the cancellation office for the final time. They offered to accept half for final payment. In December 09, They informed me that because of the new year, I had to pay until years end plus late fees. The bill was $408.11. After telling them to #$$%%^^ themselves, I filed a small claims action on December 2, and sent it registered mail. After returning from work on the 7th, I received a confirmation from the post office that they had received and sign the court notice. This meant that they had to pay a lawyer to show up in court and they didn't know I had proof of my cancellation. Upon checking my answering machine, I found a phone call from the company. They wanted to cancel the so called charges. At this point, I will still filed the small court claim but all I want is the $33.00 plus five dollars for time and gas dealing with their greedyness.
Comments:2 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-12-08
Posted by Starlord on 2009-12-08:
If they received notice you were filing them in Small Claims court, they would be smart enough to know they did not need a lawyer, as lawyers are not allowed to represent anyone in Small Claims court in most states. Someone from the company would have to respond via a written answer to your suit, then appear in court to give his/her side of the story. As for the $5 for gas and time loss, forget it. In all the times people have requested that on any court show, not once has the judge ever awarded it. If you win, you will also get your court costs, which in this case is pretty much the same amount as you are suing for. You will have to pay the court costs in advance, as when you file the papers. If you win you will walk away with an amazing Amount in the vicinity of double the amount of your claim. If you lose, you have lost the court costs. Also, there is no appeal of the judge's decision. So, you have to ask yourself, is it all worth it? All that time and aggravation for $33? I would chalk it up as a lesson in life. BTW, where the blue susie did you get the figure of $33?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-08:
In Oklahoma either party can have an attorney in a small claims case. Also Oklahoma allows the prevailing party to recuperate attorney fees and associated costs. Also in Oklahoma small claims decisions can be appealed.

I searched all Oklahoma dockets for December for this case but without luck. I was curious to see the amount you were requesting. Anyway, upon getting their court filed answer you should let them know you'll settle this case for $35. I can't imagine they would reject your offer. Heck, it's worth $35 to forgo the hassle of finding parking in Tulsa.

Chalk up another win for the customer.

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