WordPress, as we all know, is free. I paid an annual fee to get the domain name, and another annual fee to remove the ads and gain access to chat support. The total is $35.99 a year, which I suppose even an impoverished sort such as myself ought to have been able to come up with.
However, I was working when I made that decision. I am unemployed and considered disabled at the present time. Long story short, the automatic payment failed. So I contacted WordPress with these words:
I don’t have any money right now. I didn’t get a warning on this. I’m disabled and I don’t get paid again until the beginning of January. Is there any way I can get an extension? WordPress is my main source of happiness.
(To say that WordPress is my “main” source of happiness was a bit hyperbolic, but I did want to let them know how much I appreciate this site.) Anyway, this was the very kind reply I got from the Happiness Engineer, who will remain unidentified:
Your plan doesn’t expire until January 16, 2018, so you can definitely wait until the beginning of January to pay for your site. To make a payment manually, you can go here:
If we can help with anything else, please let us know.
Resting assured that I wasn’t going to be thrust into the red or robbed of my wherewithal, I relaxed. In the meantime, a friend of mine on the East Coast wired me fifty bucks for groceries. Then suddenly, I received a mysterious receipt for my “payment.” My response:
Um, I think there has been a mistake? I told you I could not pay this till January.
You said it was not due till January. Then all of a sudden I get a “receipt” for a payment. I check, and it was taken out of my PayPal.
And what can I say? I was honest with you. I told you I am poor and disabled.
You told me it was not due till January 15th. I agreed to pay it at the beginning of the month, when I get my check. You robbed me of my grocery money.
Please return every penny of that 35.99 that you robbed from me to my account. My PayPal is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Looks like the subscription renewed automatically. I apologize about the trouble! I’ve gone ahead and gave you a full refund, and you should see the money returned to your account in 5-7 days.
To let you pay for this on January 15, 2018, I prepared an invoice for you here:
If there is anything else I can do for you, let me know!
Note the grammatical licentiousness here: “I’ve gone ahead and gave you a full refund.” I thought that was cute. Anyway, here’s what I had to say next:
To “let” me pay for it on January 15th? It was not DUE until January 15th!!!
So I hear Automattic is hiring? Do they take long distance employees? Or do I have to move back to San Fran and probably land on the streets again?
Thank you for taking care of this. I’ll send you the medical bill for the heart attack you just gave me. Enjoy your day. I suppose I can go another 5-7 days without eating until this clears.
Take care and God bless you. (At least you didn’t get away with it.) Geeze….
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