It’s a stormy day, the Food & Beverage Director at a casino in the middle of nowhere needs to see me now. I pull into the parking lot, leaving the headlights on in my rush. Hours later, I come out of my meeting to find a dead battery at 8pm and an hour from home.
No problem, I’ll call AAA who has saved me many times in the past. I dial my cell phone, wishing I had a cup of hot tea.
Then yet another bottom falls out of my life as the sweet young woman on the line informs me I have been removed from my AAA account! “What? NO! I’ve had this account for years!”
Embarrassed, she says “No, ma’am. The account belongs to (my now ex-husband) and he had me removed. Again I exclaim, “What? NO!” “Can he do that?
He is in outside sales, driving miles and miles just like me — he would NEVER do anything like THAT!”
Well, yes, Ma’am. He can. And he did. So, what is the lesson here?
FIRST, any membership you have is more than likely a joint account. It could be in the husband’s or the wife’s name, depending on how it was set up at the beginning. They won’t even talk to you if you are not the primary on the account, which is the same for credit cards and even the utility companies.
Go through the list: Sam’s Club, Costco, AAA, Amazon Prime, the Gym, Sirius — think!
Second, you are going through or have finalized a divorce. I wish I could explain the vindictiveness that comes out in someone who pledged to love you with all their heart forever and ever.
Do not plan on staying on the account no matter what the service. If you’re ex-spouse doesn’t have you removed, you can plan on them not renewing with your name!
Pay the extra for your own membership, I even had a nightmare scenario joining a gym with a girlfriend. We all like to save money, but independence has it’s rewards.The happy ending to this story is my friend at AAA sent someone to jump start my van. She did not want to bother me with setting up my new membership just then, I promised to go online first
thing in the morning and get my own account. And I did.