Once again I have to apologise for my long unexplained absence. I'm a bad blogger! But, in my defence, my to-do list has been rather jam packed recently. Here, in no particular order, is a small excerpt:
- Make GP's appointment for pre-op tests.
- Find out whether I can claim incapacity benefit during my operation recovery period.
- Re-list ebay items that didn't sell.
- Learn how to build a bio-diesel processor (have you SEEN the price petrol is now?! This is MM's new project.)
- Learn how to build a house (Long story. No, I'm not kidding. More on that another time.)
- Pack for holiday in three weeks in South of France. (First holiday in years! Yay!) Weather could be anything, so must pack for all eventualities. I'm going to help my Aunt build a house there. This, believe it or not, is not at all connected to the point above.
- Develop Holga film. Poor neglected little camera.
- Find out where to safely dispose of needles. For the meds I need to take after my op. Not because my to-do list has driven me to drugs. Although at times it's a close fought battle. I joke, I joke. Just say no, kids.
- Stop downloading and reading the Hunger Game books on my Kindle so I can get some SLEEP!
- And last, but by no means least, wage un-holy war on Santander.
Oh Santander. Everyone knows how appalling your customer service is, so I shouldn't be disappointed, shocked or totally OUTRAGED at how you're behaving. I shouldn't. But I am.
I had my mortgage with Santander. I sold the house on the 14th Feb 2012 (thanks to my magic rug!). For whatever reason, Santander had failed to let my solicitors know the amount I needed to pay to pay off my mortgage so, on the day, in desperation, I rang Santander myself to find out.
Here is where it is important to point out that I am NOT a bank. I do NOT have a computer in front of me giving me all the figures. I am NOT to know whether I am given the right figure. I have to trust Santander to give me the correct information. The lesson here folks? DON'T trust Santander to give you the correct information. Because they didn't.
Turns out I didn't pay enough back to clear the mortgage, because they told me the wrong amount. Did they let me know this? Hahahahahahaha. No, of course not!!!
So, several weeks later in the middle of March, I suddenly find I have run out of money. Where the hell has it all gone? I'm not a particularly careless spender. So I investigate. Oh. Hi Santander. You're still taking mortgage payments by Direct Debit. WTF?
I rang. I politely asked them what the hell they thought they were doing? It was now over a month since I had paid off the mortgage. And it is only at this point that I find out that there is a shortfall. Excuse me? Why would that be? Oh, right, because you screwed up. And you now want me to pay?! How the hell is that fair?
Santander, I asked you specifically for a redemption amount. And you gave me what you said was a redemption figure to pay. I PAID IT! I've done my bit. Now hands off my dosh. And you can give back the money you've taken as well. I need it for luxuries like RENT!!
To cut a painfully long story short, as it stands, I don't have my money back. Oh, and they want more now. You know, coz they cocked up and so I should pay. Isn't that how the world works?
To be fair, they did offer to make a gesture of goodwill. I was listening...
Santander: "We'll give you back the money we took from your account."
Me: "Oh, well. Thank you, that's very ki..."
Santander: "But that money will still be owed on your mortgage account, so your solicitors will still have to pay off the full amount before we can sign off your mortgage. So....we're not sure how you want to sort that out."
Me - something along the lines of: "What fricking planet are you on? Who do you think is going to have to pay my solicitors that money?! The fricking fairies from the magical land of 'Delusional'?? No, funnily enough. It's me. So you want to give the money back to me "as a gesture of goodwill" so that I can pay it to my solicitors, so that they can pay it back to you? In what cocking universe is that a "gesture of goodwill"?"
I believe I then went on to use the word "farcical" and said that in no way did I accept their ridiculous 'gesture of goodwill' because it wasn't actually a gesture. It was a joke.
Because I was speaking to the complaints department by this point, my outrage was met with many soothing comments along the lines of, "I totally understand, madam" and "I can of course see your point, madam" and then they said they would escalate my complaint. And I would receive a letter.
Hopefully this time it will be sent to the address where I actually now live, and not to the house they know I sold months ago. Which is where they sent all my other letters apparently. Because, of course, that's the best way to reach me. Duh.