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Verizon Math Fail

  1. Mar 16, 2009 #1
    :rofl::rofl: This is why you gotta check your bills carefully. This same thing happened to my mom's friend.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCJ3Oz5JVKs
     
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  3. Mar 16, 2009 #2
    LOL. what a bunch of scammers. they just WONT admit it said CENTS.

    thats great
     
  4. Mar 16, 2009 #3

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    That's old.

    The rep said it wrong, but the customer also didn't understand the policy. IIRC his bill was correct, she was explaining it wrong.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2009 #4
    The verizon people on the phone are just idiots, but somewhere higher up, the marketing staff intentionally decided to misuse the word "cents" knowing full well the confusion it would cause.
     
  6. Mar 16, 2009 #5

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    I saw the original training document, it's was worded wrong by someone that couldn't count. The billing system was programmed correctly though, so he was billed per his contract. (I worked for a competitor, so it was funny at the time).
     
  7. Mar 17, 2009 #6
    If he genuinely thought the cost was .002 cents (rather than .2 cents), and the salesperson genuinely thought the cost was .002 cents, then the "meeting of the minds" was on the price of .002 cents, so that is the contract. Period. In that case the computer program is _not_ programmed correctly - it is wrongly overcharging him.
     
  8. Mar 17, 2009 #7
    If he would have just explained that one is a "fraction of a dollar" and the other is a "fraction of a cent" I think the supervisor could have understood that.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2009 #8
    More likely the supervisor would have heard the word "fraction" and immediately tuned out since they "never understood fractions in school".
     
  10. Mar 17, 2009 #9
    It's like when someone needs to add two digit numbers or something, and they say "I was never good at math".
     
  11. Mar 17, 2009 #10
    O, I'd never seen it before.

    Wait, so was this a typo in the bill, or in a pamphlet? -- I don't understand how a customer would be confused over a training video.

    either way, it seems to be an error on verizon's side, and it's pretty funny that the woman at the end can concede that there is a difference between half of a dollar and hald of a cent, but believes the difference between 0.002 dollars and 0.002 cent to be "a matter of opinion" :biggrin:
     
  12. Mar 17, 2009 #11

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    Couldn't agree more.

    Not that many people know law though. Kind of like the post...

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=2119200&postcount=2

    So, basically half-baked ideas are being thrown around here about legal issues.

    I hope the guy won though.
     
  13. Mar 17, 2009 #12

    BobG

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    It was on all the PR material. I have no idea what was on the contract, since that would probably be done by a different department. I imagine it could still be considered false advertising, regardless of the wording of the contract.
     
  14. Mar 17, 2009 #13
    I remember this from a few years ago, it's still sad to see how stupid people can be.
     
  15. Mar 20, 2009 #14
    "Wait, I'm teaching you math here..."

    The opinion part was great as well. They get the phone people to think in dollars, so when they see a decimal point, it's obviously in dollars, no matter what word/symbol is around it.

    The sad thing is, they make more than enough money from those who don't question it to pay those who do, and still make money through deception.
     
  16. Mar 20, 2009 #15

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    What is in a written contract will supercede anything that is accidently verbally misquoted. Whether a company wants to make an "adjustment to satisfy", is completely up to them. Cell phone customers often do not realize they are under a written contract, usually posted somewhere on the providers website.
     
  17. Mar 30, 2009 #16

    BobG

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    Lots of people have trouble evaluating different orders of magnitude.

    1000 times (these cartoons always have a hidden subtext that's revealed by moving your cursor over the cartoon, itself).
     
  18. Mar 30, 2009 #17
    :eek: I never noticed! that was cool :biggrin:

    I always get frustrated when news articles talk about billions, because I grew up with 1 billion = 1 000 000 million, same for trillion, etc.
     
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