I closed my MCI account 4 months ago when I moved. Since then I have continued to receive bills from them. Twice now I have called MCI, sat on hold for 20 minutes, and talked to some operator explaining that my account ended in December and I should not be billed. Twice I have received assurances that the problem will be taken care of. It has not been – the bills keep coming.
I will call again, but assuming (as now seems very likely) that nets no better result, I have some advice to ask: how do I take this to the next level? Better Business Bureau? Contact my congressman? Lawyer? Go to their offices and rant and storm until security drags me out? What recourse does a citizen have when a corporation is completely divorced from reality, when it uses red tape, clueless gatekeepers, and an inherently obfuscatory bureaucracy to “forget” that an account has been canceled? What should I do next?
I would simply ignore the bills and wait for them to disconnect it themselves, but I am afraid that would damage my credit rating.
PS: I strongly urge everyone NOT to use MCI for any reason whatever. They are BY FAR the worst company I have ever had to deal with for anything ever, and I would sooner shoot myself in the throat than willingly engage in any further transaction with them. They originally “poached” me by calling me and falsely indicating that zoning changes forced me to switch from PacBell to MCI (yeah I know, I was too lazy to check up on it); later, when I told them I would be moving, they said it would cost $180 to change phone lines and I would have to wait up to 60 days before I even knew whether the new phone line would be able to be activated. They actually, with a straight face, expected me to fork over almost $200 for the privilege of waiting around sans phone for as much as 2 months! Now, 4 months after I canceled my account, they continue to hound me with a kind of cheerful, “Single White Female” blankness.