Q: What’s the difference between a catfish and a lawyer?
A: One is a scum-sucking bottom feeder and the other is a fish.
I have recently made the acquaintance of a law firm that appears to use the above joke as its guiding principle. That firm is Friedman & Wexler. I recently got a new cell phone number and it just so happens to be the old phone number of someone who didn’t pay her bills. Friedman & Wexler has been playing the part of the collection agency and has been harassing me with automated phone calls to try to get me (actually, the former user of the phone number, Jasmin) to pay them. I sent them an email and asked them to stop harassing me and yet they keep calling me. Unlike with real collection agencies, no one comes on the phone if I pick up; the message simply says to call them. I am not about to waste my precious time trying to reach someone there and tell them that my name is not Jasmin and that I don’t owe their client money, so I’ll just ignore their calls for the next month and then I will get a new phone number with my shiny new 3G iPhone.