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Bacolod City, PhilippinesWednesday, August 28, 2013

Left with a huge phone bill

Dear Tita,

Last year, my husband's sister, Adele, and her family came to have a two-week vacation here with us. My husband Vic is very close to Adele and he asked me to make sure they would enjoy their stay. I arranged it so they would be comfortable and made sure they would enjoy their visit. I had to hire another maid to do the cleaning and the washing so our cook would not be overworked.

It was a hectic time as they wanted to see most of the nearby resorts and visit their relatives here. I was so relieved when they left, as our lives could go back to normal again. However, one month later, I was shocked to find that they had incurred a huge long distance bill on our telephone. It was almost P5,000!

It turned out that they had been calling their friends in Manila and Cebu often while they were here. I immediately complained to Vic and told him to ask Adele to pay this amount as our phone might be disconnected. He told me to calm down and he will just settle the bill as he didn't want to offend Adele. We had to live on a very tight budget the next few months in order to cover our big expenses during their visit.

Recently, Adele called and told us that they are planning to come this Christmas to spend the holidays with us. I tried to make excuses for them not to come but Vic immediately said, “Okay”. I still haven't gotten over what they did to us last year and now they are coming again. Vic is looking forward to having them for Christmas.

Please advise me on what to do.


Dear Frustrated,

It was so inconsiderate of them to leave you with a whopping phone bill that you had to pay.

You should have mentioned this to Adele. Try to talk to Vic about how inconvenient it would be to have them visit this Christmas. If he is really set on having them, make sure your phone will not be used for long distance calls unless you know about it. The instructions are in the telephone directory.

I hope that those planning to visit friends or relatives would think twice about becoming a nuisance.



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