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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:42 am     Reply with quote
Pretty funny... I picked this off another forum...


Below is the complete email conversation that Adelaide man David Thorne claims he had with a utility company chasing payment of an overdue bill.


From: Jane Gilles
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Our records indicate that your account is overdue by the amount of $233.95. If you have already made this payment please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles


From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead. I value the drawing at $233.95 so trust that this settles the matter.

Regards, David.






From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.07am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Thankyou for contacting us. Unfortunately we are unable to accept drawings as payment and your account remains in arrears of $233.95. Please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles


From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.32am
To: Jane Gilles

Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
Can I have my drawing of a spider back then please.

Regards, David.


From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 11.42am

To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Overdue account

Dear David,
You emailed the drawing to me. Do you want me to email it back to you?

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles


From: David Thorne

Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 11.56am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,

Yes please.

Regards, David.


From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 12.14pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Overdue account

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From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 09.22am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Whose spider is that?

Dear Jane, Are you sure this drawing of a spider is the one I sent you? This spider only has seven legs and I do not feel I would have made such an elementary mistake when I drew it.

Regards, David.


From: Jane Gilles
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.03am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Whose spider is that?

Dear David, Yes it is the same drawing. I copied and pasted it from the email you sent me on the 8th. David your account is still overdue by the amount of $233.95. Please make this payment as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles


From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.05am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Automated Out of Office Response

Thankyou for contacting me. I am currently away on leave, traveling through time and will be returning last week.


Regards, David.


From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.08am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

Hello, I am back and have read through your emails and accept that despite missing a leg, that drawing of a spider may indeed be the one I sent you. I realise with hindsight that it is possible you rejected the drawing of a spider due to this obvious limb ommission but did not point it out in an effort to avoid hurting my feelings. As such, I am sending you a revised drawing with the correct number of legs as full payment for any amount outstanding. I trust this will bring the matter to a conclusion.


Regards, David.




From: Jane Gilles
Date: Monday 13 Oct 2008 2.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?


Dear David, As I have stated, we do not accept drawings in lei of money for accounts outstanding. We accept cheque, bank cheque, money order or cash. Please make a payment this week to avoid incurring any additional fees.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 13 Oct 2008 3.17pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?


I understand and will definately make a payment this week if I remember. As you have not accepted my second drawing as payment, please return the drawing to me as soon as possible. It was silly of me to assume I could provide you with something of completely no value whatsoever, waste your time and then attach such a large amount to it.

Regards, David.


From: Jane Gilles
Date: Tuesday 14 Oct 2008 11.18am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:16 am     Reply with quote
Oh man, thats great!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:39 am     Reply with quote
Hahahah..
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:59 am     Reply with quote
I hope it's authentic Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:36 pm     Reply with quote
I really hope so too.
Just priceless!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:50 pm     Reply with quote
Hahaha.. brilliant!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:29 am     Reply with quote
In a way funny but in another way it feels kind of pathetic, you all buy into this-? It's not the womans fault, she hasn't invented the money and therefore put down the terms of how things are, if things would have been bought with spiders it would have happened a long time ago.
I don't think that David character would appreciate with the situation being switch the way around, what if you bought some tools and got a drawing of a spider? not as funny then is it?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:55 am     Reply with quote
umbus wrote:
In a way funny but in another way it feels kind of pathetic, you all buy into this-? It's not the womans fault, she hasn't invented the money and therefore put down the terms of how things are, if things would have been bought with spiders it would have happened a long time ago.
I don't think that David character would appreciate with the situation being switch the way around, what if you bought some tools and got a drawing of a spider? not as funny then is it?


Hey umbus... It's not so much funny as it is brilliant. Don't know if it is real, or the first time such a stunt was pulled or whatever, but it is clearly not meant to be anything but harmless fun in a rather serious time.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:20 am     Reply with quote
Back in the 80's I think, I saw a story about an artist that hand drew some money, maybe a twenty dollar bill. Went to a restaurant and tried to pay with the art, which was very well done.

Well the manager actually accepted the money/art. The art, dinner bill and change was mounted in a frame and hung on the wall at the restaurant.

He did this many times at other places.


Related to the spider art, sold on ebay now.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=665808

I found that while googling for the money artist.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:09 pm     Reply with quote
More info:

http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,25642,24674837-5014239,00.html
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:29 pm     Reply with quote
So awesome.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:51 pm     Reply with quote
Ha!,

Brilliant
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:58 pm     Reply with quote
You're my hero. The best part is the mechanical sale's representatives bullshit way of responding.
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