Thursday, July 16, 2009

Supporting the troops


While I was deployed, someone tried to access my PayPal account online, so PayPal froze the account. Despite numerous phone and email contacts over five months, they would not restore my access. It took me until I could get home and to a telephone land line before they would reactive the account.

I realize that they don't want other people to be able to access my information, and neither do I, for that matter. But there's got to be a better way to handle such a situation when a person is deployed with the military, and unable to be reached by land-line telephones!

I've been a member of Bally Total Fitness since I began priest-school in 1987. Their yearly membership has gotten more and more and more expensive over these past 22 years. I was, of course, unable to use my paid-up membership this past year because I was deployed to a war zone.

Now they're telling me that I need to renew my membership for many hundreds of dollars for the year, so I contacted them and let them know I'll be mobilized again, the day after my Active Duty orders end for this deployment. Might it be possible to suspend my membership?

Sure!

If I pay $48. This, on top of last year's paid-up membership, which I could not use.

Unbelievable.

Way to support the troops, PayPal and Bally!

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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4 comments:

Kanani said...

I remember a few months ago, the YMCA was giving free memberships to active duty soldiers and families. If only morning forgetfulness wasn't hitting me so hard, then I'd give you the link.

Kanani said...

ASYMCA free memberships

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 07/21/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

MaryShields said...

Hmm, Stanford has dropped you. The fitness program will not give you relief. I've gone through similar detachments from an old life style more than once. Could the angels be directing you in your new phase of trudging the Road OF Happy Destiny? Could be. Life is a mystery, and we keep trying to limit it's flow :-))))

 
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