Fines, Fees and Fighting for Fair

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Jan 132017

With the suitcases packed away, the photos filed and the tan lines faded away our wonderful European adventure feels like a distant memory. That is until several months later we received a letter from car rental company Avis…

During our 5-week holiday we had the pleasure of driving a comfortable and super spacious Opel Vivaro which took our family of seven (as well as Opa and Oma) all around The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and even France. We explored big cities and little villages, walked along beaches and browsed local markets, experienced Disneyland Paris and visited family in every corner for the country. It was bliss!

For as long as I have known my husband he has been an extremely careful driver with not a speeding ticket to his name, so I was rather shocked to receive a letter from Avis informing us that we occurred a fine during our rental period. As they had automatically deducted the fine, plus administration fee, from our credit card my initial response was to (as annoying as it was) just accept the fact and get over it.

However, the more I thought about it the more I wanted to know what offence we supposedly committed, the details in the letter were vague and the location/date was not filled out. We later realised that the registration number mentioned did not even correspond with the car we rented! We enlisted my family in The Netherlands to defend our cause and after some back and forth communication Avis agreed we did not commit an offence after all and the entire amount was refunded.

I am so pleased we spoke up and it proves again that you have to fight for your right! If you’ve copped a traffic fine too and are confident of your innocence, yet you need a bit of help you can always count on the legal professionals at Prime Lawyers to back you up. They are experts at fighting speeding fines NSW, ensuring you only have to pay the fine if you’ve really done the crime.

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As you can probably imagine I get many emails every day, businesses making bookings, marketing companies introducing their clients, stores pitching their product, sponsors discussing posts, there are no two emails the same. But no matter how many emails I get I still have a chuckle every time someone asks me for a certain person in our office.

My ‘office’ is a small and messy desk in our living room, I have no staff, no receptionist to answer my phone, I don’t have fancy writing paper or business stamps and I definitely don’t have nice work suits or company lunches. Like many blogging mums I often write in my pyjamas, at night when the kids are asleep and in between changing nappies and making dinner and that is okay with me. The ‘mummy bloggers’ I know are fun, friendly and supportive, happy to help eachother out and always there for a chat when you need them.

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The big The Organised Housewife drama made me realise that sadly some people happily give up their social, compassionate side in return for a good pay. Wonderful blogger Katrina from The Organised Housewife discovered that another Australian blog had registered web domains very similar to her blog’s URL so that they could redirect innocent readers, who just mistyped the URL, to their own blog. What a nasty way of getting your clicks!

When I think of all the hours I put in my blog every single day I can only imagine the shock and disappointment when someone else tries to profit from your hard work. What can she do (if anything at all), so many questions but who to ask? Immediately after this news came out people were very helpful suggesting she should get legal advice and hopefully claim this URL as her own. It’s so nice to see that the majority of the people out there are supportive and have respect for others and their work.

I have never had to get legal advice myself (knocks on wood) but it is good to know there is help available and there are professionals with years of experience under their belt ready to answer your questions. Don’t sweat on your own, ask someone who knows all about it and you may find your situation is not as hopeless as you think it is.

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