Reduce….Recycle, Wasn’t There Another R?

Being an environmentally conscious good Samaritan, Erika Anders recycled her cell phone after she was done with it at a local Best Buy. The next month, she received a bill for $20,590.67. Many of the calls originated from Brazil.

Thing was, she recycled the phone on Jan. 8th. She didn’t call to officially cancel her plan until March 28th.

At first, Best Buy and Cingular were unresponsive. Anders got hold of Lawrence Walsh, consumer activist reporter and all-around pimp-daddy. He followed up with Best Buy, the BBB and Cingular, who said they would waive the bill.

So, before you save the environment, make sure it won’t kill you first.

“Recycle cell phones only after calling plan ends” [Post-Gazette]


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  1. The_Truth says:

    I gave my phone away to someone before I cancelled my contract, and they ran up a huge bill, and now i have to pay for it!! thats not fair!!!

    waaaahh waaaahh!

  2. Greyseeker says:

    She’s a freeeeekin’ moron. Someone that dumb SHOULD be responsible for the $20K – as an object lesson. Erika, if you’re reading this – in any other society in the world you’d be sharkbait.

  3. thrillhouse says:

    whats sad is that people spend all their time looking for ways to abuse each and every system. Yes, that was quite stupid on her part, but people don’t have to be complete loser bastard scam artists. get a job

  4. AcidReign says:

    …..You have to get your ESN out of that thing before you let it go. Period. I’m thinking the sledgehammer technique would be the most sure thing, and take all the smashed debris in a bag to the recycling center…

  5. ModerateSnark says:

    Everyone’s piling on Erika, but there’s also some safeguards obviously missing from Best Buy’s “recycling” programs.

    We learned earlier on that you can’t trust Best Buy with your old hard drive.

    If they offered recycling programs that protected you from identity theft risks and account hijacks, they could use that as a promotional tool. But if they are going to be this sloppy, they shouldn’t even accept anything for “recycling.”