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Why No One Likes Debt Collectors

I qave a couple of good friends who happen to be debt collectors., and thier genuinally nice people. Unfortunately, there are some that aren't so so nice, and they ruin the reputation for everyone else.

People go into debt. The businesses that own that debt want their money.so they hire debt collectors. CNN Money  recently published a few debt-collection horror stories. Here are some examples that highlight why the debt collection industry has a bad name:

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How To Reduce The Impact Of The Social Security Tax Increase

At the end of 2012, President Obama increased the Social Security Tax by 2% - meaning that your take-home paychecks in 2013 are less than they once were.  The move happened without much fanfare, but many Americans have been wondering what they can do to counter the loss of income.

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Source: HankJames215 via flickr
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Makers Mark Whiskey Cuts Alcohol Amount To Stretch Supplies

Makers Mark Whiskey has grown to become a popular choice among whiskey drinkers. Known by it's distinctive red wax sealed-bottle, the whiskey has taken it's place among the top-shelf varieties.   Apparently, sales of the American-made liquor have outgrown supplies - so the maker of Makers Mark is reducing the alcohol content of the bottles it sells to stretch supplies

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Source:  Official White House Pool 2012
Source: Official White House Pool 2012
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What Will Obamacare Cost? IRS Estimates $20,000 Minimum A Year For Average Family

(Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)With the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act - or Obamacare - everyone will be mandated to buy health insurance or pay a tax to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Source:  McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
Source: McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
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Fish McBites Join Chicken Nuggets On McDonalds Menu For Lent

Just in time for Lent, McDonalds is adding a new option to their menu!  Fish McBites join Chicken Nuggets on the Happy Meal menu - tailored towards kids and adults who are looking for fish options during the lead-up to Easter.

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Source: KH1234567890 via flickr
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Tomato Prices Won’t Go Up; Tomato Lovers Can Rejoice As US-Mexico Trade Agreement Will Remain

It looks like tomato prices won't be rising!  Leaders from the United States and Mexico have reached an agreement to continue their 16 year-old trade policies.

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Rayman Gets A Check For One Cent

Several months ago I received a letter from an account saying due to an accounting error, I had a credit of 0.01 cent. At first I figured it was some sort of scheme, or a joke, but after four more letters saying the same thing, I kept on asking myself "What am I supposed to do about it"? It's only a penny, I can't buy anything for a penny, so why not credit it to my account?

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Source: Statelyenglishmanor via flickr
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Tomato Prices Could Double; Trade Agreement With Mexico In Question

It seems we live in interesting times.  Or, maybe we should say expensive times.  First it was gas.  Then it was our paychecks.  Next was the price of milk.  Now, it appears that the prices we pay for tomatoes might be getting ready to double - if a trade agreement that the United States has with Mexico falls through.

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Obama’s News Taxes Expected To Hurt The Restaurant Industry In A Major Way

Observers close to the food and restaurant industry are watching their bottom line shrink, with profits expected to be lost due to new taxes that went into effect on January 1st.  With Obamacare putting a halt to hiring and forcing some managers to cut staff and hours, the industry was already forecasting a pale 2013.  But now with the reversal of the payroll tax holiday that eats an additional 2% from employees take-home check, the companies and supervisors that manage the nations biggest restaurant chains are fearful for what that will mean for their bottom line.  Rising gas prices don't help, either.

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Obamacare Equals Reduced Hours For Some Wendy’s Employees

Apparently they weren't empty threats.  When The Obama administration pushed for the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, some of the nations largest employers said that the costs associated with the new mandate would force them into reducing hours, a cut-back on hiring, or worse

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Obama Administration Rolls Out New Food Regulations

Over 80% of the nations food supply will now be subject to new regulations.

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Source: Jamesjyu via flickr
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Hormel Buys Skippy Peanut Butter

Minnesota-based Hormel Foods - food parent to brands like Spam and Hormel Meats - has bought Skippy Peanut Butter from Unilever.  The deal is rumored to be $700 million for the venerable food brand.

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