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Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« on: October 03, 2010, 09:46:35 PM »
To make a long story short i never terminated my cellphone service in switzerland and have accrued charges of a couple hundred dollars. I have recieved letters to my swiss address from collection agencies after I have left the country and my Visa (as in permit, not the cc) has expired. FYI i`m an american citizen.

The question is will i ever be stopped by the border or be contacted in the USA about this? Did you have any similar experiences? what would you do?

p.s. any swiss guys who can help me?
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 06:05:58 AM »
If its just subscription that you have to pay, try giving them a call (where your number doesn't show up), and tell them that before you left the country, you said to them that you are leaving, and they said its ok.
If they don't cooperate, just tell them that you never come back to switzerland, so its a waste for them to keep on sending papers, collection agencies, etc.

Don't know about switzerland, but in other european countries you would never get stopped at the border for such a thing.

In the unlikely* event that they bring it to court, and obviously you will be found guilty, in the street in switzerland, if randomly stopped by a cop, they could have it on file, but even that I'm not sure.

*such companies usually make an address verification, before dragging someone to court, otherwise they spend a lot, and get nothing in return.

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 11:01:37 PM »
thanks... anyone with more knowledge please speak up.
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 03:14:43 AM »
Does anyone know a good lawyer etc, in Switzerland?
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2010, 03:23:16 AM »
A lawyers fee itself will cost you a few hundred. Try http://www.thelaw.com/ or some other legal forum for free advice.

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2010, 03:40:57 AM »
Did you call up as I suggested?

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 07:53:27 PM »
To make a long story short i never terminated my cellphone service in switzerland and have accrued charges of a couple hundred dollars. I have recieved letters to my swiss address from collection agencies after I have left the country and my Visa (as in permit, not the cc) has expired. FYI i`m an american citizen.

The question is will i ever be stopped by the border or be contacted in the USA about this? Did you have any similar experiences? what would you do?

p.s. any swiss guys who can help me?


why dont u want to pay?

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 08:57:35 PM »
why dont u want to pay?

Speculation: Perhaps he didn't realize he needed to (or forgot to) terminate and doesn't feel the fees are justified when he wasn't using the service. He probably found out much later because he wasn't in Switzerland.
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2010, 03:40:16 PM »
why dont u want to pay?
Because it`s my money and they don`t deserve it.
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2010, 04:31:27 PM »
I think that the Swiss have outstanding balances with enough Yidden that you can live without the guilt... It sure didn't bother them..

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2010, 06:49:04 PM »
Well I think you should call them and try to settle. They can stop you at the airport within the next five years, after 5 years its gone.
I dont know exactly what happened, but if you owe them money its gneiva not to pay, even if you can get away with it. Even if they dont deserve it, but you signed a contract.
Damaxer, that was a really good excuse. Steal from a cell phone company, because a bank from the same country stole 50 years ago. Come on...

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2010, 09:11:41 PM »
Because it`s my money and they don`t deserve it.

Dont mean to get you upset or sayign you should pay, but wouldnt it be stealing? Or what is your reasoning why not?

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2010, 10:37:14 PM »
I think that the Swiss have outstanding balances with enough Yidden that you can live without the guilt... It sure didn't bother them..

I'm not saying I agree, but well said :)
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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2010, 05:18:27 AM »
I want the truth here... Has anyone ever paid a parking ticket in Israel? (Yes Moish, we know what the briskers hold)

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Re: Outstanding Balance in Switzerland. Should i pay?
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2010, 05:48:04 AM »
I want the truth here... Has anyone ever paid a parking ticket in Israel? (Yes Moish, we know what the briskers hold)

no, I b"h always caught the guy writing the fine redhanded.

I made them cancel it.