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Adam Savage takes down AT&T without building some elaborate explosive device

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2009 10:03AM
Adam Savage from MythbustersEver gotten a bill in the mail so ridiculously high that it makes you wish you could rally together a ragtag army of disgruntled miscreants and take down the corporation that charged you "Viking style"?

Sure, we all have. So why don't you? Gathering an army takes time and most of us don't have many friends willing to take an arrow to the chest for us, much less a check. Arrows, while cheaper than bullets, can add up and aren't tax deductible. And I'm pretty sure that any looting and/or pillaging is a federal crime.

Mythbuster Adam Savage, however, has both the manpower and weaponry to pull just such a caper and he didn't have to bury one friend in a fiery ship at sea to do it.

The Discovery Channel star and geek god was using his AT&T USB wireless computer connection, the one that allows Bill Curtis to be faster than Floyd Mayweather without the use of medications in strange paper bags marked "flax seed oil," during a trip to Canada.

He discovered the awesome evil of roaming charges when he returned stateside and found he owed the telecom giant $11,000 for what he claimed was just a few hours of web access. Time isn't an issue to a big hulking company like AT&T. They purchased the concept of time last year in an eBay auction.

Savage wasn't just going to pay the bill lying down. He took to his 50,000-plus followers on Twitter and told them what happened. The Tweet troops rallied and got behind their crusader and also got the company's attention by turning his Tweet into the second most searched topic on Twitter behind Michael Jackson. (Note: I've gone five days without mentioning the death of Michael Jackson. I believe that's a new personal best.)

The problem was resolved within five hours of the initial Twitter message. He remarked that one of the customer service reps told him, "Apparently you've got enough Twitter followers to get our attention." So apparently, good ol' Savage has found another way to beat the system and uncover truth. If you want to affect real change in this world and right the wrongs perpetrated by the wrongdoers, get your own TV show.

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it's total bs, i mean, i chose to get phone services with my cable company rather than my local phone company. When I tried to call my next door neighbor, I got the "we're sorry you must first dial 1 then area code to place this call"

July 14 2009 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Myth: Terms of Usage that you sign are legally binding contracts that the user must comply with when signing up for service


July 14 2009 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Martin's comment

Myth: Famous people are treated differently when they have a problem with a big company.


July 14 2009 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you agree to their "terms of service," you obligate yourself to pay the charges, whether it's for a few hours or not. It's a d-bag move to use a service and not pay for it when the bill comes, high or not.

July 14 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to slutty_whore's comment

By responding to this post, you now owe TV Squad eight thousand dollars. You agreed to this when you signed up as a user.

July 14 2009 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah Nate, seen that before, but always stood by the rule of thumb (before free long distance and broadband) if you have to dial 1 before the area code, its long distance!

July 14 2009 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Martin's comment

Yeah doesn't work in our case. We live in an 847 area code and ever since 2002 or so, we've had to dial 1 (847) before any 847 number. I don't know what it's like to dial 7 digits for a phone number anymore. Everytime I'm somewhere else, and I have to call out, I automatically dial the area code now.

July 14 2009 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

actually, was the same area code as me, but the first three digits of the actual number (the exchange) are apparently what matters. i guess i couldn't dial to the other side of town without it being "long distance"

July 14 2009 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm proud of Adam. He could have just assigned a lawyer to address the problem. He has the ability and funds to do so.
He chose to take on the city hall so to speak , the way any one of us would have. Albeit he was able to rally a considerably larger crowd to follow him, he still did it the way someone without "fame" would have.
Applauds and kudos to Adam for showing us all it's possible to speak out and be heard.

July 14 2009 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i had a similar situation. using dial-up, the isp's program decided to update its phone numbers, and chose a phone number that was in my area code. i got a bill a month later from the phone company for 900$. seems that while the number was in my area code, it was in another township or something that didn't register as a local call. i managed to talk them down to $700 but that's still outrageous. neither company would accept blame for it either.

July 14 2009 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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