Tuesday, April 15, 2008

file this under WTF

International Thriller Writers
I was a member in 2006, but intentionally didn't renew in 2007.

So today I receive a dues letter that reads like this:

"we wanted to give you the opportunity to keep your membership active by bringing your dues up to date."

That is followed by a renewal fee for 2008 -- BUT ALSO FOR 2007, when I wasn't even a member. Total 240.00. Umm, okay. Now I'm expecting a letter from the Girl Scouts giving me the opportunity to pay for 35 years of dues.

9 comments:

Steven T. said...

Wow. That's going to get really expensive, really fast. If I were you, I'd pay...

Oh, and the Girl Scout thing, I hear they tack on fees. Pay or they lick your cookies...

anne frasier said...

steven, i keep imagining some poor little girl sitting at a table licking cookies all day. i think i might add that to my resume. cookie licker. that doesn't mean anything dirty, does it?

Kelly Parra said...

That's odd. Why would you have to make up dues for a year that you didn't participate in? Usually the years cancel out, and you just sign up as a new member if you *want* to join again.

anne frasier said...

kelly, yeah, it's kinda like getting some trinket with a phony bill attached that makes it looks like you actually have to pay for something you didn't order. i can't be the only one who received this letter, and it sure isn't going to help ITW's reputation. i could say a lot more. should i? shouldn't i? shut up!! shut up!! basically the letter confirms what most people are afraid to say about the organization.

angie said...

Wow. That's...a lotta cookies!

Jude said...

People will try to get money out of you no matter what... I had one of these the other day, not from the same company. Oh and I'm here to say you have been tagged. If you 're intrigued details on my blog!

vanessa jaye said...

Anne, are you sure it's not a mistake? That just doesn't make any sense.

Jamie Ford said...

Yeah, don't tick off the Girl Scouts. They bring it old school.

anne frasier said...

vanessa, i don't think it's a mistake. the form letter has a box for 2007 dues and a box for 2008. the total doesn't make sense though. 240. 95 and 95 don't make 240.