razorsandroses

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown New York City
  • Gender Male
  • Interests Fuck you, and get off my profile!

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  1. Solidly terminating a contract

    I wanted to cancel a contract with a mobile phone company after coming across a much better deal with another carrier. On their portal, there is an option to let them know you want to cancel, which I did do. I received an email telling me that to confirm my cancellation, I had to call a hotline number or fax a letter. I prefer having things in writing, so I went ahead an used the fax option.   After not hearing anything back from them in a month, I checked my account and found that my contract had been extended for another year. I called and asked what was going on and (gee surprise!) "We never got any fax from you! But hey, we have a nice deal for €x, would you like to switch to that?"   I'm turning all shades of livid and purple here--is there solid way cancel a contract in such an undisputable way  that unscrupulous businesses cannot claim that it was "lost" or never received? Such as through a notar who can confirm that they saw the cancellation notice themselves and personally hand delivered it to them? Would this be worth contacting an attorney and taking some legal actions over?
  2. Dude, don't waste your time on emails. I have tried emails before, they flat out do not answer you unless you're an attorney. They just list email addresses on their site for face saving purposes. Mail it. I would even use DHL for extra security measures so there is no way in hell anyone can say the office never got the application.
  3. Mail it using registered mail. Otherwise, the Berlin office has the tendency to throw away misplace applications for permanent residency, as I have encountered through my own experience. Of all the people in the country I would trust, the Berlin immigration office is not even on the list. I would trust my ex wife not to turn in a video clip of me lighting up a fuse and blowing up a federal building while the FBI offers a $50 million reward for information...before I would trust the Berlin office to properly handle residence or immigration paperwork. Almost each and every time I've dealt with them, I've had to waste money on a lawyer to tell them I am entitled to something, or they are misusing or misinterpreting a German law paragraph.
  4. Not paying GEZ fees

    Listen to me:   I am going to be as diplomatic as possible.. From someone who has been here since 2008 and has bumped his nose in every corner of the German bureaucratic maze, I am trying to save your life when I tell you, plain and simple:   You are not home anymore. DO NOT FUCK WITH GERMAN AUTHORITIES WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY!   These people have the time, patience, and resources to make your life an absolute living hell, and in the end, you will have wish you had simply complied and paid what was owed.   What will start out at €400 or so total will EASILY turn into €1500+ once an inkasso, lawyers, courts, and a bailiff get added to the equation.   "Okay, so what happens after the judgement?" If you don't pay, a court ordered lien will then be placed on your bank account and the amount will be seized and sent to the creditor. If the funds in your account are insufficient, your banking institution will required freeze your assets until you deposit enough that can be sent to the creditor. You won't be able to eat cat food until then, and I don't know of any business in the 13 years I've been here that pays their employees in cash. Try explaining all that to your landlord when he's down your back for the rent.   "Yeah, well I have a bank account in (home country) and I work at a remote office, so ha! Besides, I don't have €1500 to spare, so there's not much I can do anyway! If the money is not there, it's not there!" No problem, the bailiff will drop by with a couple of police officers and will kindly relieve you of your Xbox, laptop, 50 inch screen TV, and iPhone. They'll be auctioned off, where most likely people will only pay a fraction of what it's worth, and you'll still be on the hook for the amount the auction wasn't able to recover.   "But I don't have anything for them to seize! And no money! And they're banging on my door demanding payment! And the costs are going higher and higher! How do I make it known that I don't have anything so they'll leave me alone?!?" There's an option, you go to the bailiff's office and make an official declaration that you are flat broke, or as the Germans say, "pfandlos." It's like a mini-bankruptcy. The declaration is sent to the creditors, and they legally cannot bother you for 36 months. Whew! Buuuuut, of course, your bank gets notified, who will either terminate your account outright since you're a proven financial liability, or if it's a mainline banking institution like Sparkasse that takes virtually everyone, they'll block your Dispositionskredit. That can become a serious pain if only have about €20 in your account, your fridge is empty, and you don't get paid again until 2 weeks. Oh, it also puts a big black stain on your credit report so that banks everywhere will not give you an account, rental agencies will deny your application for an apartment, you know the drill.   "Hey! It's €1750 now! What the hell?" Interest. And costs of the bailiff having to work on it.   "Okay, I paid it! It's done and over with!" Good for you. Your credit is still jacked up for the next 3 years starting from the day the last payment was made.   Pay the tax. Nobody likes paying it, but it's German law.  There are lots of things people don't like having to do, but it's German law. There are a lot of things people think are bullshit, but they have to do it. I thought it was bullshit to have to pay for German medical insurance even though I had my own medical insurance from the States that would have paid for any medical care. I was still sent a big fat bill anyway demanding 6 months backpayment, and it was then handed over to the Hauptzollamt when I refused to pay it. And guess what? I had to pay it (along with extra costs).   Don't make things harder for yourself than it needs to be.
  5. Long story short, I had been regularly seeing a private psychiatrist for adult ADHD since 2017. However, I'm assuming since because of the pandemic crisis that probably significant reduced his amount of patients, he thought it would be a clever idea to sneak in a fictitious appointment to my quarterly bill, thinking I wouldn't spot it. I did, and although I tried to dispute it and even offered to show proof that I wasn't even in the country at the time of the supposed appointment, he wouldn't correct the bill--which is leaving me to squabble back and forth with the billing company.   Clearly, I'm dropping him like a hot potato if he is going to be stealing from patients who are paying out of pocket--I mean, you wanna rip the insurance companies off, go for it...they deserve it. But I earn what I have. The thing is, I remember it took me FOREVER to find this doctor who prescribes medication for adult adhd. I'm really dreading having to go another another goose chase scouring Google for weeks, finding only doctors who only do verbal therapy for ADHD (waste of money!), listening to voicemail messages telling me Dr. So and So is on vacation until fall of next year, getting callbacks saying Dr. So and So isn't taking any new patients, and so on.   Can someone provide a link to a list of doctors who treat adult adhd with medication? I don't care if I have to travel out of Berlin, I need the medication to function.  
  6.   Translation: "I thought these kinds of things happen to other people, not me!"   It's the same thing that happened to an acquaintance of mine who cancelled her supplemental dental insurance plan because she thought it was just "money down the toilet" since she only got professional cleanings twice a year...and now she's trying to pay off a €9.000 bill.   Insurance...if you're not asking for it--you're asking for it!   (You can't afford €45 a month for an insurance package that also includes legal insurance???)
  7. Legalities of unpaid praktikum

    I had a very positive interview with a rather reputable company about a praktikum position as a Networking technician and programmer. I was quite thrilled throughout the appointment, especially since something like this would definitely give me a boost in work experience and knowledge even if the company decided not to take me on as an official employee. The euphoria was then short lived, as it was mentioned that this position was unpaid--and the position is for a year. I contacted the Bundesagentur für Arbeit and asked if I could receive ALG 1 or even ALG 2 while working as a praktikant--I was told that ALG 1 was a remote possibility for up to 60 days provided that the work hours did not exceed 15 hours a week. Anything over 15 hours would have me on my own--paid or unpaid.   It is leading me to the question of if something like this is even legal, and how this is even possible for an adult at all (assuming he is not living with his parents or lucky enough to have some €25.000 saved up!)...someone has to pay the rent! What are the laws on praktikum positions and compensation? I can't see how that is even humanly right--people aren't slaves!
  8. Scammer on prowl, buying house Munich

      I don't know if you happened to notice but with exception to cases of physical assaults, you'll find the police in major cities in Germany to be absolutely useless. And the bigger laugh comes when the city prosecutor 95% of the time throws out your complaint because he thinks the damages aren't significant enough to hold the court's attention.
  9. Giving proper 3 month notice before moving out

    Having been in Germany nearly 9 years, I would have to say I am pretty well versed on the German bureaucratics here, so much that I sometimes find myself actually being able to give advice to those who need it and give the 3rd degree to people who move here and act like it's supposed to be America.   But I'm encountering a situation that I didn't think I would find myself in, and I need some advice: I've been living with a family for about 11 months, and I've been able to put together enough cash for an apartment--I gave my 3 month notice and began looking for a new place to stay. By crazy coincidence, I found a gorgeous apartment that just so happened to be owned by my best friend's mother, whom I've quite well acquainted with! Without hesitation, she is saying is quite willing to let me have it.   My concern is that I gave my 3 month notice about 3 weeks ago, and when I told family that I'd found a great place and was probably going to be moving in the beginning of June, the dad's face turn the color of school paste while the mom was looking wildly about saying, "Warte mal...!"   I do realize this is unexpected, but at the same time--I did give provide WRITTEN notice that I'd be leaving within 3 months. Do I legally have to stay the full 3 months before moving out? It would just seem rather dumb if someone finds a place within the 3 month period of time and is forced to pay the rent for TWO flats. What is the law on this if I provided written notice?