In an effort to reduce paperwork and make bill paying easier, my husband signed up for Sacramento Bee's "Easy Pay" subscription service. It means the Sacramento Bee charges your credit card every 5 weeks instead of sending an invoice. Seemed simple enough.
The first week we received 2 newspapers a day. They weren't delivered by the same Land Park carrier because they were tossed in different places in the yard. I used to get the paper on my front porch, sometimes slammed into the flower garden, but never out on the lawn.
We called to let the Sacramento Bee know that it did not need to make two Land Park carriers deliver the same newspaper. Next week, still, 2 newspapers on the lawn.
Yesterday, my husband called the Sacramento Bee again. Explained the problem. The Sac Bee said, "Oh, no problem, we'll just cancel your account and open a new account."
My husband was leery about this scheme but was assured it was the proper way to fix the delivery problem.
Well, this morning I opened the front door and discovered not two but FOUR newspapers strewn about on the lawn. They are multiplying. Call me silly, but I don't believe that signing up for the Sacramento Bee's "Easy Pay" service is a good idea. I don't know if this is happening in neighborhoods other than Land Park, but if I were you, I'd go look in the bushes.
The Short Sale Savior, by Elizabeth Weintraub, coming in June 2009.
Photo: Sacramento Bee papers delivered to Land Park, by Elizabeth Weintraub