Debt Collector to Disabled Veteran: “You Should’ve Died in the War”
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A disabled U.S. veteran who is living off disability payments was highly insulted when a debt collector called his home and told him that he “should’ve died in the war” instead of “taking advantage” of other Americans.
The debt collector worked for the firm Gurstel Chargo, which is now facing charges for insulting the veteran over a defaulted $6,000 student loan.
“If you would have served our country better you would not be a disabled veteran living off Social Security while the rest of us honest Americans work our a***s off,” one of the agency’s debt collectors allegedly told the vet. “Too bad, you should have died.”
U.S. Army veteran Michael Collier was declared 100% disabled due to head and spinal injuries he suffered while on duty. The Social Security disability payments he receives from the government are not subject to liens from creditors, but the debt company froze the bank account of Michael Collier’s wife, who is also on disability.
The couple filed an objection against the garnishment on their account and the court affirmed that the couple’s income was not subject to liens or garnishments, but the debt collection company would not leave them alone and refused to release the money it had frozen.
“F–k you!” the paralegal allegedly said, “Pay us your money! You can’t afford an attorney. You owe us. I hope your wife divorces you.”
The couple is now suing the debt collection company claiming that it violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
Sadly enough, what the debt collector said to the disabled veteran sounds a lot like what CNBC’s Rick Santelli said during his rant against working class people on the floor of the stock exchange. The only people who are blamed during this Great Recession are regular people, like the Colliers, but no one is blaming the people who sent men and women to war or those who engineered Wall Street’s spiral to the bottom.
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