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General News    H3'ed 4/11/11

Debt Collectors Are Going After Kids' Lunch Money

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We have reported on a number of low-down debt collectors, including some that we have encountered personally. But we might have a new leading candidate for our Lowest of the Low Award in the debt-collection industry.

Commercial Acceptance Co. of Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania, has made a proposal to collect delinquent lunch-money accounts for the Hazelton Area School District. The plan is so slimy that even an industry blog is squirming about it.

All is not dark, however, on the debt-collection front. Another debt-collection firm made a proposal that might actually assist low-income families in the Hazelton district. And on the national scene, a number of recent news items indicate the public might be getting fed up with rapacious debt collectors.

What is going on with one Pennsylvania school board and delinquent lunch-money accounts? Here is how the Hazelton Standard Speaker reported it:

The board entertained a proposal last month from Commercial Acceptance Co. of Shiremanstown, which would pursue collections from the top 35 accounts with the highest unpaid amounts. District food service director Barbara Farley said lunch money delinquencies total more than $3,000. The collection agency would keep 30 percent of any amount collected and return 70 percent to the district food service department.

The board postponed action on the proposal in favor of scheduling a question-and-answer session with a representative of the company.

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
 
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