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Forum Post: Americans lose 38 Billion just waiting for service!

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 6, 2011, 3:50 p.m. EST by aquainted (268)
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from Newsmax, mostly:

Americans Lost $38 Billion just waiting for the freakin' Cable Guy!!

Waiting for a visit from a cable TV service person or other at-home appointment cost American workers nearly $38 billion in lost wages during the last year, a new IBOPE Zogby poll reveals.

The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 58 percent of Americans waited for a delivery man or technician to pay a visit, with an average total waiting time of four and half hours on three separate occasions.

Half of those polled said they used a sick day or vacation time to wait for the visit, and the average customer lost $250, according to the poll conducted on behalf of TOA Technologies, a software firm that has partnered with cable companies to provide alerts to consumers waiting for a visit.

The chief culprit was the cable guy, the survey disclosed. And Americans voted Comcast Corp. the worse company in the nation last year, AOL’s Daily Finance website reported



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[-] 1 points by tomcat68 (298) 12 years ago

Damn that cable guy!

let's occupy larry the cable guys house. that will change the world

[-] 1 points by OccupyNews (1220) 12 years ago

I don't believe it. Newsmax is an ultra conservative news source and it would not surprise me if they run advertising for satellite tv or some other alternative media service.

They also used the sum of 250 dollars lost and a full days pay lost. This too is nonsense. Cable TV now has a 2 to 4 hour window of service time, so assuming nobody is home all day, the person could still take just half a day off, not a full day.

[-] 1 points by laffingrass (362) from Normal, IL 12 years ago

What if the window is from 10-2?

[-] 1 points by OccupyNews (1220) 12 years ago

You mean as part of the lunch hour? A serious answer would be the person usually gets a choice of times and I think that four hour gap can be cut shorter.

And 250 dollars a day?

[-] 1 points by OccupyNews (1220) 12 years ago

NewsMax DOES NOT ALLOW comments after their stories. I would take anything they write with caution specifically because of this better than everybody else attitude.

[-] 1 points by sudoname (1001) from Berkeley, CA 12 years ago

That's messed up. Do you have a link?

[-] 0 points by aquainted (268) 12 years ago

Just a newsmax email I get. It's just so wasteful with people starving now.