AT&T sued by D.C. over unused minutes on calling cards

AT&T sued by D.C. over unused minutes on calling cards
Remember that nice family on those AT&T commercials? You know. the family where the Mom is ever vigilant about not throwing out those round, orange AT&T leftover minutes because they are as good as new minutes not used? Not every person keeps track of exactly how many minutes he/she has leftover after every month, especially those that purchase pre-paid calling cards. In the industry, it is expected that 5% to 20% of the total value of each card will go unused and is called "breakage". The carriers see these unused minutes as a gift that they feel entitled to. Washington D.C.'s district attorney is suing the carrier, seeking the return of these unused minutes for those whose last known address was D.C. and who haven't used the card in 3 or more years."AT&T's prepaid calling cards must be treated as unclaimed property under district law," the attorney general's office said in a release.The unclaimed property laws have been used in the past to recover unused portions of gift cards, by states and municipalities. Unclaimed property, by district law, is to be returned to the state after three years. AT&T had no comment.

source: Reuters via Engadget

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5 Comments

1. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Um, every carrier does this. Derp.

2. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

That law is stupid. That "property" never belonged to the state, why should it be returned to the state? FUCK OFF DC!

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

wow.

4. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Next time i am in D.C. I am purposefully going to buy a $10 prepaid card for each carrier, frame them together next to a picture of me giving the finger to the Chamber of Commerce building.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

while its always fun to watch ATT get sued for yet another thing, this big government bullshit is getting rediculous. after 3 years it belongs to the state? since when did the state get big enough to demand the private property of others.. claimed or unlcaimed?

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