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    Self-Fooling Prophecy

    | Oslo, Norway | Extra Stupid, Money

    (I am a customer consultant. We sometimes get people on the phone who have been called by the debt collection company due to unpaid invoices.)

    Me: “This is [company]. How may I help you?”

    Customer: “How dare you send my invoice to the debt collection company!”

    Me: “That is unfortunate. May I have your invoice number, please? Perhaps we have the wrong address on file.”

    Customer: “It’s [invoice number]. After you sent me three reminders, you have suddenly sent it to the debt collection company! I want to cancel my services immediately!”

    Me: “Wait, you HAVE received the reminders we’ve sent you?”

    Customer: “Yes, I did. I threw them away.”

    Me: “And why did you never call us when you received the reminders?”

    Customer: “I thought you would stop sending me reminders.”

    Me: “You thought the unpaid invoice would just magically disappear if you threw away the invoice reminders?”

    Customer: “Yes, Of course!”

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