Thursday, January 11, 2007

Paypal freezes fund for slain soldier

This blog is far from serious. Our hard-hitting exposes usually focus on uncovering mysteries such as why indie rockers and faux-political pundits are at war, or what exactly Mickey Mantle did under the Yankee Stadium bleachers. This is one of the few times that I'll get on a soapbox, but the story here justifies it, and the more people that know about it, the better.

Deadspin is one of the favorite sites of the BIBJ collective, and last October, they announced a fund to raise money for a reader who's brother was killed serving in Iraq. Thousands of dollars were raised through a Paypal account, and now (due to Paypal's own errors), Paypal is now refusing to release the funds to the slain soldiers troop for 180 days.

You can read all the details at the link below, but I would encourage anyone who uses Paypal for any transactions to take the time and let them know what you think of this amazing lack of rational thought. I have used Paypal on many Ebay transactions in the past and have had minor difficulties from time to time, but nothing on this level. If they don't correct their error, I will never use the company again. Fuck 'em.

Paypal Doesn't Want Slain Soldiers' Families to Receive Financial Aid.

UPDATE, 11:34pm EST: Hooray! The revolt has worked, and Paypal has released the money that was never theirs! God Bless America! And parts of Canada.

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