Check your bills, warns local senior

A recent trip to the bank was a shocking one for local senior John Maas, who discovered that he was out over $700 for a cable television service he thought he'd long since cancelled.

  • Aug. 2, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Local man John Maas

A recent trip to the bank was a shocking one for local senior John Maas, who discovered that he was out over $700 for a cable television service he thought he’d long since cancelled.

“The big companies, they take your money, and you have to pay… You have to pay,” Maas said. “So, check your bills!”

Checking one’s bills is the lesson Maas got out of this ordeal, and is a lesson he hopes to pass on to as many others as possible; a mission that led him to the Gazette offices last week.

He’s concerned that not only local seniors, but others may make the same mistake.

“I don’t like that they send me bills. They do it automatic,” he said, of automatic withdraws he has set up at his bank account.

Therefore, he hasn’t been checking his bank account regularly, which led to him paying for months’ worth of cable television he hasn’t been using.

He thought he had cancelled television service back in January, but the request must not have gone through.

If he’d checked his bank account sooner, he would have been out fewer dollars.

“So, check your bills,” Maas reiterated.

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