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  1. Hello, I'm currently employed as a Diesel Mechanic for a trucking company in South GA. It's a very small town and I'm told the owner of the company pretty much owns the town I live and work in. I recently got a job offer from another company, Woody Folsom, when I when to buy a vehicle, I was offered more money so I told my Employer, the owner of the company, about it, and he said he could match it because he didn't want me to leave the company. A week after my "manager" said he had called Woody Folsom, the dealer ship, to ask how much they had offered me and if they were planning on hiring me. The person he spoke to, whom I've had no contact with, told him they usually start employees way less than what I was offered. I'm the Shop manager at the place I work. That day he deducted my pay and gave me NO information as of why.. other than he felt misslead, and that he was deductig my pay and I was in probation for a month... I called Woody Folsom my self, to get the name of the person my manager had "spoke" to and he refused to give me any information and advised me to pretty much stay away, he said no one his employees would ever do that because it will be braking the law. I have my boss, the owner of the company and also, my manager, admiting they had deducted my pay because they had called the dealer ship and directly asked how much will they pay me. on the recording, my manager says he does't want to reveal the name of the lady that he spoke with. I was paid one week at $19.00hr for my raise, and the very next week, on the date of the recording, I was supposed to get the same rate and instead they drop my pay to $16.00 without any information other than what I have recorded. I went to the main office today to get a copy of my paystubs with my rate on it, and they refused, and said they couldn't do that... I get my paystub by email, but the rate is never there... only the hrs. Is there anything I can do?
  2. 19 years ago my Dad sold his farm excluding two acres on which Dad/Mom's home was located. Dad passed away in 2008, Mom lived in their home until her death November 2013. I inherited the house and moved in February 2014. The man that purchased the farm called today and told me that since the septic tank was on his property we needed to resolve it. The septic tank is six feet on his property (excluding the lines). I asked if I could buy that section of land but he wants to exchange road frontage for road frontage. My frontage is a pecan orchard. His frontage is pasture land. I don't want to lose the orchard as my Dad planted those trees and they mean a lot to my family. After 19 years he wants to address this issue, what are my options?
  3. No evidence on son just police statement
  4. Hi. I live in Georgia and want to know if the property management company can tell a tenant to pay in certified funds only, then try to process a payment through their tenant portal. I usually used autopay (first mistake, I know) to pay rent, but had issues with it and property manager disabled my account. I was told to pay in certified funds, ie a money order or certified check. So I withdraw the money out of my bank account and bring it to the office on the due date. That same day, the autopayment tries to process on my account, but of course is denied because I withdrew the money to pay via money order. Now I'm charged an NSF fee by property manager. Can they do that? I could have easily stopped the autopay via the tenant portal before withdrawing for the money order, but without access to it, I can't. I thought disabled meant deactivated, and all online payments would not work. I'm afraid they will do the same thing this month, when I still do not have access to stop it. Going to visit their office tomorrow, but advice is appreciated.
  5. From January of 2014 til now, my apartment complex has changed managment and office staffing 3 times within a year and a half. The new mgmt staff that have taken over within the recent months have successfully made me feel unsafe, unheard, disrespected and harrassed in my home. Due to the changing of staff, I believe that our entire property has changed Site Managment as well to a new company. I know for a fact that they have a whole NEW leasing agreement established for new tenants that is different from what I currently have. My roomate and I have recently purchased a puppy(non aggressive breed), that does not go against the policy on aggressive breed dogs list. Since we purchased the animal on a weekend day our leasing office was CLOSED that day so we could not change/modify/update our lease and to let our office staff know of our new furry friend. That following Monday, we received a note on our door, NOT dated, NOT signed, just typed up and stuck to our door saying that because we failed to alert the staff of our pet we have to not only pay the pet fee of 300$ but an additional "fee" of 300$ bc we were in "violation" of the pet procedures... NOW, our lease said, If resident acquires an animal to occupy the apt. AFTER taking occupancy, then Resident agrees to update,modify this Addendum to provide addition info about the animal and obtain permission to have the animal in the apt. Which is what we planned to do that Monday we recieved the notice, but were slapped with this.So with this being said, there was NO time limit nor frame in which to notify mgmt about the pet being here in the lease at all, they were NOT available to adjust anything since it was the weekend, and it gave an option as to if a pet is acquired AFTER we've taken occupancy. My roomate went to the leasing office next day to discuss matters. The leasing manager was extremely foul, belligerent, disrespectful and completely threw the matter out of the window. We brought our lease in to show her where things did NOT line up with what SHE was saying, what the letter said etc. She had nothing else to say except, "Well, right here it says...". No matter how many times we've showed her the contradiction no matter how much my roomate asked her to just listen to what she was saying and to actually look at what this issue is and what the lease says.It was like the manager ONLY saw and wanted to see what SHE wanted to see. All this is about money. She cut my roomate off and told her "she is NOT going to argue about this and that we MUST pay 600$ and she doesnt want to talk about this anymore." was the last thing she said. My roomate was in shock and in disbelief at how nasty and callous mgmt was. She had no regard for our concern. Then I went that following day (Wednesday) since I was off work, to the leasing office to discuss matters, she TRIED to do the same thing to me with being unprofessional, I let her know her tone was not required and unnecessary. I then let her know this was to voice concern reasonably without any negative outburts or disrespect. She bypassed that and continued to be rude and condescending towards me and said the same things to me as she said to my roomate.Twice we've tried to voice our concerns. Now we feel like our mgmt staff seeks to NOT assist with anything that is in opposition of HER agenda, regardless of what our lease agreement says. More recently, yesterday we received another letter from the leasing office manager CLAIMING that we left our pup outside on our patio for exactly 20 mins locked outisde with our patio door shut. FIRST and foremost we do not let our pet outside w/o us being home, we definitely will not and have not closed our pup outdoors unable to get back in. Like anyone who doesnt like bugs, and reptiles crawling around in their home we open our patio doors just enough for our pup to easily and safely come and go as he pleases and hes NEVER outside for more than 3 mins. I enjoys being with us than outside.Something that boggs my mind is, this manager said SHE saw him out there for 20 mins as she drove around the complex...How much sense does that make if she drove around? Was she standing outside our apt staring with binoculars at our pup for 20 mins while we are on the TOP floor and cannot SEE our pup unless he tries sticking his face in between the patio guards? Does she have someone in the apts.watchin us? or did she jsut drive by numerous times and each time our pup just so happen to be outside eahc time she passed our apt? So once again we went up to the office to discuss this. My roomate went and as usual the manager completely dismissed my roomate as she told her how false that accusation is, how it makes no sense, and how we DO NOT do any of what she suggested. When my roomate brought up the point that we NEVER close our doors to keep our pup outside she interjected aggressively basically yelling " I KNOW WHAT I SAW AND IT WAS 20 mins I DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS ANYMORE I KNOW WHAT I SAW IM NOT GOING TO ARGUE WITH YOU".. My roomate told her she wasnt arguing she just has a concern for false accusations placed on us. Roomate asked her when did she see this "occurance" and the manager said sometime last week....HOLD UP....No exact date, no exact time, NO NOTHING NO PROOF?? On top of that, if this ACTUALLY happend why didnt you come to us when this supposedly happend. Why would you wait a whole week????? .but she insists that it happend when clearly it did NOT. We do not neglect our pet as she has made it seem. We feel like we are being targeted, harrassed, we dont feel safe in our home because we think we are being watched, and we feel that they are trying to find some way to keep our 600$ and make us get rid of our pup. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? I already contacted the company that manages those apartments and was told I'd get back to but ive gotten nothing. WHAT DO WE DO??
  6. I have a neighbor who has 5 huge trees on his property. He will not rake his leaves until they are all off the trees and the majority are on my property. He is never considerate enough to at the very least, assist me in raking his leaves. The roots of the trees have created extensive damage to my front lawn and because we are in rainy Georgia, my grass and soil have washed away and only bare patches of red mud and large puddles remain. For years, I have requested he cut the limbs down because the tree in front is covering the street light and that is a safety issue. I've even suggested he call the City and they would more than likely cut the branches. I have also requested he do something about the trees, because two of them are leaning towards my house and because the roots are rising above ground, they should be maintained somehow. He ignores me and tells me to cut them. I cannot afford to do that on a fixed income. He also stated (in a very snarky voice) that if they did fall on my home, I would be responsible for the damage, not him. Do I have any rights in this situation? He is very aware of the danger of the trees falling, but has no concerns. I would appreciate ANY help you can provide. Thank you in advance.
  7. Hi. I live in GA and also am treated by a dr for ADHD. This is a long post because I don't know how to summarize, sorry. I would like to know if I have a case for wrongful termination of my lease and harrassment by my property manager. I have lived at my residence with a Section 8 voucher since 2012. In 2013, a new property management company took over. This year, I started a new position at my job, with more demands and responsibility than I have ever been responsible for, and I forgot to turn in my recertification papers to the Section 8 program on time. Section 8 terminated my assistance and informed me that I would be responsible for the full amount of rent effective Feb 1 2015. I accepted responsibility and prepared to pay the full amount while appealing the assistance termination (I had to write a letter and submit the docs I forgot to send). I also fell behind in my housekeeping and failed an inspection by the leasing agency for the first time since moving here. Leasing agency said they would reinspect in two weeks (no specific date, they would contact me). I accepted responsibility for that as well and hired a housekeeping service to come out twice a month. Housekeeping was taken care of, however leasing agency never rescheduled inspection nor did they contact me about it. My lease states that rent must be paid by the first or it is late on the second day of month and a late fee will be assessed. If not paid by the 5th a notice would be mailed to the tenant. I always autopay my rent via the tenant portal to avoid forgetting and incurring fees. Since the Section 8 was going to be reinstated (according the the Sec 8 case manager) I chose to leave my autopay intact and pay the difference via the portal as well by adding payment to the autopay. However, the system would not accept my new payment until the first one cleared. I knew that would cause me to incur a late fee, so I informed the leasing agency of my situation. They simply replied OK. The first payment posted on Feb 4 and I immediately posted the second payment. It posted Feb 8. The actual property owner who hired the leasing agency also contacted me to see if I was having a problem, and I explained to him that it was paid in full. Owner has contacted me on a regular basis since moving here, and I assumed he obtained my information from the leasing agency. I expected a late fee and planned to use a coupon the agency had given to forgive the first late fee, but they never added the fee, nor did I get a letter in the mail. Since the system would not allow me to make a one time payment on top of an autopay, I decided to schedule two autopayments for March's rent, thinking it would post just like the section 8 payments did in the past (my portion would post along with the subsidized payment). The portal confirmed the second autopay. However, I was not aware that the second payment did not process. The property manager sent me an email on March 12 stating that I had paid a partial payment and needed to pay the remaining that week. I responded that I had put in an autopay for March 1 and I would check my portal. Sure enough, the autopay was still scheduled but did not process. I thought that since the first autopay had processed and posted, it would now be okay to do a one time payment and clear up any balance. Once again the portal confirmed my payment. It also showed a zero balance on my tenant ledger. I had not received a letter in the mail after the 5th, nor had a late fee been charged for March. I received another email on March 14 asking for the partial payment again. I checked my ledger and the payment was no longer showing as paid. It simply was not there. I posted a one time payment again and sent the property manager an email stating that this was the third time I had put the payment in their system. I also said that I had no idea why the payment disappeared but I had changed the autopay to one payment of the full amount of rent to avoid future issues. She responded the same day with a notice to terminate my lease (60 days) along with a late fee and dispossessory fee. She also deactivated my access to the tenant portal. I sent a text message to the owner explaining the situation that I had told the property manager, no response. I was told by the leasing agency that I was not to contact the owner ever again and that he had reported me to them for contacting him! I told the property manger he had contacted me for years and sent her copies of my phone log along with print out of my ledger showing the payment from the portal. I was served tack and mail, answered the notice at the courthouse and was given a hearing date. I called the day before to confirm the hearing date, only to be told that the leasing agency cancelled the disposessory 2 hours before I filed an answer. Then the property manager sent me another email warning me not to contact the property owner, which I had not. I responded that the one text message was the first and only time I initiated contact with him and had not contacted him since her first warning. I also asked her to not send me any more messages regarding contacting the owner. By this date (March 31) the section 8 voucher had been reinstated and I was told by the case manager of my new rent amount. I paid the new amount for April via money order on April 1 and enclosed a note saying this is what the case manager said I was responsible for, please contact me if there are any problems. No one contacted me. I called a few days later and was told my money order was being refused and returned because it was not the full amount of rent due and they had heard nothing from Section 8. They had in fact heard from Section 8 and declined to reinstate the lease or sign a new contract. However, my money order was not returned. They applied it to April's rent (I had to call the money order company and find out what happened, leasing agency still would not give me a copy of my outstanding charges). They also still processed the autopay for the full amount of rent without my knowledge, but it was refused by my bank. I had taken the money out of my account to purchase the money order, thinking I had no other option of paying at this point. Leasing agency also charged me a $50 fee for NSF, when I was told my tenant portal acct was deactivated. If I would have been aware that they could still process payments, I would have left the money in the account. Leasing agency filed another dispossessory on April 13 and charged me for that as well. I called leasing agency on April 14 to inquire again about a copy of outstanding charges and they connected me to a different property manager. She was surprised that my tenant portal was deactivated, yet I was still asked to pay fees that even she didnt understand. She explained that the portal will not process any combination of two payments, no matter if they are autopay or one time payments and that my property manager should have explained that. She agreed that I should not be evicted because I didn't know that and would not know unless property manager explained that (it is not stated in the lease or anywhere on their website), reinstated my tenant portal so I could see the charges and offered to talk with my property manager to see if it could be resolved out of court and I could have my lease reinstated. I was able to change my password to the tenant but not access any data. I tried again the next day only to see it was deactivated again by my property manager, along with an email stating that she "knew" I was talking to another property manager and that I still had to go. She then said I had to be out by May 15 (original 60 day notice said May 18) and warned me not to contact the actual property owner, again! Do I have any kind of case for wrongful termination? Because of my ADHD, I never delete emails and have copies of every email she has sent stating that I have to go, stop contacting the owner, I know you are talking to other property owners, not giving me a copy of my outstanding balance and repeated attempts to draft my bank account while telling me to pay with money orders and denying me access to take my information out of their portal system and cutting my 60 day notice short by 3 days.. I still have voicemails from years past from the owner contacting me and asking me how am I doing, do I want to buy his house, I'm just checking on things, etc. I also have a letter from my doctor stating that I am medically diagnosed with ADHD and receiving treatment in case I need proof and written confirmation from another tenant who had the same problem with the autopay during the exact same months as I did, and was not threatened with eviction. Sorry for the super long post, wish I could learn to shorten and not talk so much.
  8. My super fast 3 year old, gothe stuck with a dirty needle sticking his hand in an accessible, unsecured bio hazard sharp container. The container was stored on the nurse's desk and was missing the lift lid. My 3 year old, after 9.5 hours in the er, 5 tubes of blood and a IV inserted, the start of HIV/hepatitis prevention meds which he has to stay on for at least 28 days. Do I need to contact an attorney and/or do I have a case?
  9. Failure to maintain computer records causing catastrophic results.. Hello, I have been a United States Citizen since birth in 1972 and I have no known legal issues except a few minor traffic violations that have long since evaporated.. I am curious what I should do since the Identity Verification Service has the habit of slanderously and secretly reporting that I do not exist? Since 1990 I have not appeared on their reports.. It is obvious to me, an unemployable database programmer, that they fail to keep diligent records of my existence in order to save a few bucks in there initial coding for long names like Harrison and for Incremental names like John Harrison II and later to avoid fraud charges invoked because they made an insane profit at the expense of citizens with out allowing knowledge of the potential error and even without knowledge of the existing harm done.. Unknown harm done?? How many people that apply for a job and fail to get it even get a call back from potential employers?? How often do women, approached by an untraceably named identity on a dating service, stop the service from illegally eliciting funds from the untraceable identity?? It took me 25 years of my life, 4 Computers, 2 cars, 25 years in poverty, 25 years living under my mothers mentally challenged dictatorship, a bachelors degree in science with mathematics, with study of computer science, many courses in psychology, acceptance of less than perfect potential relationship partners, 1000s of failed relationship interviews, 1000s of destroyed resumes, many perfect 'failed' interviews, years of psychological worth therapy, Living on Medicare and Medicaid, mental instability that resulted in a jump through a glass window and 40 foot drop to cement below, lost mobility, heinous scars, and the government forcing the "record keepers" to give free web access to citizens so I figure this all out.. Who do I take to court first and what do I do now??
  10. PART 1: Hubby tried to surprise me with a 2 seater by trading in my 4 seater. When he realized I didn't want the 2 seater he tried to cancel the deal. The dealership refused to do so. They made him trade in the 2 seater (he never took posession of - dealership was still waiting on a wheel for the 2 seater at that very moment) for my 4 seater that was still in my garage at $8,000 over payoff. 1) could they force the sale if he never took posession fo the 2 seater 2) what is the law in Georgia when it comes to taking posession of a "contracted" vehicle PART 2: My name was primary on the title,, loan and registration for the 4 seater (hubby 2nd). However, the trade-in process and (as rediculous as it sounds) re-purchase of the car I was still driving (the 4 seater) never involved my signature. In fact, the 4 seater that used to be in my name and my husband's name is now titled and financed in my husband's name ONLY! 1) is the trade-in valid if I never gave consent 2) was this a legal process 3) was my name required to transfer title in the 1st process - the trade-in 3) what is the law in Georgia when it come to transferring title of a jointly owned vehicle Lastly, the dealership is now asking me to sign a Power of Attorney! Which I refuse to do. After all, the dealership says my husband had a legal right to sell my 4 seater without my consent. I know...this is a mess!
  11. Auto company agrees to replace a lemon, but will not state entire replacement vehicle details regarding options an features, however they will not deliver unless I agree to accept the replacement on delivery. 1) Can they force me to do this ?
  12. I believe as a ward my mental capacity has significantly improved to a point that I no longer need a guardian. Guardianship was thrust on me in GA however I have since moved to TX with, of course, my guardian. In which state (or county) do I go to get the guardianship lifted?
  13. Lease signed in January (State of Georgia) for rental to begin 8/1/15. Circumstances have tenant moving from area. Landlord says no release without tenant finding a replacement tenant and a fee for the lease transfer. Do we have any other recourse?
  14. he was charged and was sentenced 10 years probation not child molestation but exploitation of a minor.his first p.o let him around his niece as long as someone 18 or older was there now his new p.o says we have to pay a lawyer go back in front of judge to get permission to go to hospital and sign the birth certificate and to be around his own son.we cant afford a lawyer what can we do ?
  15. Mother in law has been asked for a divorce by spouse after 25 years of marriage. The couple have not lived together since 2006. My father in law has met someone else, and wants the divorce. My mother and law has the disease Lupus and cannot work. He is offering only $250 for two years. Does this sound reasonable and should she get legal representation? Any help is appreciated. Also does infidelity have any affect on alimony payments? Thank You Side note- My father and law has kept her on his insurance the whole time which is costing him $600 a month because of her condition.
  16. I received a letter on Feb. 02, 2015 which stated that my tax refund was taken because of student loans. I was really depending on this money to help with my current situation. My husband has not worked in about two years because of his disability. He's seeing a lawyer and has had an court appearance and we're waiting for a decision. His medical assistant has come to a halt and his meds are expensive. I work part time and barely bring home $500.00 a month. We have two children in the house with us and supplying all of our needs has become a strain on me. We are about to be in the dark, my lender came to repoo my truck from work. I have to come up with 687.00 to catch them up or they're coming to get it in 15 days. We barely keep food on the table. I can go on and on.....I really needed this money!!!! Is there any help for me?
  18. I am a Credit manager for a small to medium sized staffing agency. Two years ago, a local company that sells & distributes kitchen countertops called & wanted us to provide some temporary help in their warehouse, which we did. There were no issues surrounding our transactions & the customer seemed please with the quality of labor being provided. Then, we get a call from our customer, asking us to pull our temps. No reason was given as to why we needed to pull them, but we pulled them per request. As is usual & customary in our industry, no credit applications or service agreements were completed. We generated the last invoices with N30 terms & waited on payment. Fast forward to today: Nothing has been done to collect on the balance of about $2.7k. I'm three weeks into my position as Credit Manager & need some help! I cant find any publically available information that shows if the purchasing company purchased the assets & liabilities, or only purchased the assets. The new owners are Canadian & are currently operating the location under their name. Do we have any recourse to collect at all? Please advise....and thanks!
  19. I am launching a business that will license the right to produce art on canvas. Are there legal implications to licensing art from foreign (non-US) artists? I plan to have a basic template contract that will give me non-exclusive rights to reproduce select pieces of art for a limited time period. Can I just use the same contract for artists based outside of the US? Can I just issue payment to them via paypal or do I need to "import" in some way despite the fact that there is no physical product? Thank you!
  20. Can a coerced statement be used to file domestic battery CHARGES?
  21. Hello, I live in Atlanta. I bought a sofa from an online retailer. The photo of the sofa showed a light tan-colored sofa, which I was looking for. The name of the sofa was the Sage Amie Sofa. The site said the sofa would be shipped on 12/22/14. After I'd purchased the sofa, I went online to look at other items from the company that made the sofa. In my search, I realized that the word "sage" in the name was the color of the sofa. Sage is a green color and the sofa was in no way green in the photo. I don't want a green sofa, so I sent an email about two days later (12/9) to the company where I purchased it and said I wanted to cancel it because it was green, not the tan pictured in the photo. They said they'd check with the manufacturer to make sure it was indeed green. A few days go by, and I hadn't heard from them. I'd done more checking, looking for photos of this "sage" sofa, and I knew I didn't wnat it. I sent another email saying please cancel this, I don't want a green sofa. A few more days later, on 12/14, they reply and tell me the sofa was sent and has been delivered. News to me. Sure enough, there are the two, one-hundred pound boxes on my neighbor's porch. They'd been there since Friday, 12/12. I had no idea. I never received notice that the sofa was shipped. The site said shipping would be on 12/22, with no disclaimer that the date was approximate. Now they won't do anything. I want them to pick up the sofa and return my money, but I can't get them to return my emails. The sofa has been sitting on the porch of my neighbor (it's a house that's been turned into apartments; I live in the back, and my neighbor lives in the downstairs apartment in the front with the porch.) for over a week now. And it rained a lot last night. I have no idea what to do. Can you please help me? Thank you!
  22. I have a judgement from the magistrate court against some former renters that tore the rental house up. I filed for their wages to be garnished, however, they filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Is this a debt that can be discharged? If I am reading right it is not, as it would fall under "any court or administrative order for any damages, fine, penalty, citation, restitutionary payment, disgorgement payment, attorney fee, cost, or other payment owed by the debtor". I am not sure what other information is pertinant, but I do live in Georgia, and have not yet spoken with an attorney. I'm unsure if I need one, as their attorney did not do a very good job in court.
  23. My brother found out his hearing was scheduled on Monday, Nov 9th from an outside source, but his lawyer has not notified him as of yet. Has his lawyer not heard yet? How long does it take for the lawyer to find out? Is this normal? Thank you!
  24. In a nutshell we just finished the discovery phase of a med mal case in which our doctor failed to send my 39 week and 1 day, type 1 diabetic, pregnant wife to the hospital after 2 failed NST's which led to the stillborn death of our son just 3 days later. Everyone has been deposed and the defense attorney has reached out to our attorney and advised that they are 'interested in resolving the case through mediation'. My questions are, because the defense has reached out to our attorney and are seeking resolution... A. Is this normal procedure for defense to, in our opinion, admit guilt by looking to resolve (settle) through mediation? B. Can we assume that because the defense wants to resolve this that we can expect a decent settlement as they don't want it to see the inside of the courtroom? Thanks in advance for the insight!
  25. Our 90 year old mother owns her home in GA. My brother (known here as Tim) has lived with her for over 20 years. My brother's son (known here as Van) (31) has been in and out of her home many times, always on a temporary basis. Neither Tim nor Van contribute financially, and a signed lease agreement has never existed. Van is not employable due to psychotic and destructive behavior. He started huffing at an early age, has done drugs for the major part of his life, and in the last five years has damaged property at my mother's house on several occasions. They have called 911 when he becomes destructive and they have a legitimate fear for their own safety. When the police arrive, they talk to Van, who turns on his "calm, sweet side" and jokes around with the police so they do not see the true picture. They take him to the local hospital and he is out in a day or two. He has been taken to jail on a few of these occasions. He was admitted to a drug rehab program but was able to leave. He always finds his way back to our mother's house, even walking long distances to get there. Our mother feels helpless in this situation because Van has broken his relationships with all family and friends so no one else will help him. Last week, he returned from the hospital and broke into our mother's house. The police were called again last week because of violent and destructive behavior - broke the window out of the car. The police told Tim that they could not call them any more because it would cause my mother to be evicted from her home if they called again. We need advice on how to handle this ridiculous situation.
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