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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Click (04/18/13)

TITLE: Click Here to Pay This Bill
By Tom Parsons
04/25/13


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It looks simple enough. Just click here to pay this bill.

Click.

Enter your ID and password.

My ID. ********.

Click.

This ID and password are incorrect. Enter your ID and password.

My ID. ********.

Click.

This ID and password are incorrect. Enter your ID and password. If you have forgotten your password click here.

Click.

Your password has just been sent to your email address. Please check your email.

OK. I will check my email. Find the button on the screen, click on it.

Click.

Find the email, click on it.

Click.

To see your password, click here.

Click.

To see your password, answer these security questions that you chose previously. Remember spelling and case must be exactly as you answered originally.

What was the name of your first grade teacher?

OK, that would be Mrs. Johnson. M-r-s-.-J-o-h-n-s-o-n.

Click.

Answer does not match our records. Try again.

Maybe I spelled it Ms. instead of Mrs. M-s.-J-o-h-n-s-o-n.

Click.

In what city were you married?

OK. Now, letís see, did I answer with or without the state? And if I gave the state, did I spell it out or abbreviate it? Why did I not write these things down? Iíll try it the simplest way first. S-p-r-i-n-g-f-i-e-l-d.

Click.

Yeah. Success. And there is my password. ********.

Close the email. Go back to the bill paying website. Click here to pay this bill.

Click.

Enter your ID and password.

My ID. *********.

Click.

This ID and password are incorrect. Enter your ID and password.

My ID. *********.

Click.

This ID and password are incorrect. Enter your ID and password. If you have forgotten your password click here.

OK. Now Iím getting a little frustrated. It shouldnít be this hard. I am using the password they gave me. I answered the security questions correctly. What is wrong with these people? Donít they know how to program their computers? I mean, I am trying to give them money, not take it from them.

Wait a minute. There are eight little stars in the password they gave me, but I typed nine little stars for my password. Oh, I see. I added an extra character. Silly me. Try again.

Click here to pay this bill.

Click.

Enter your ID and password.

My ID. ********.

Ah. There. Iím in. Now to pay the bill.

Enter your personal information.

My name. My address. My telephone number. My account number. My Social Security number. My checking account number. My bank routing number. The amount of the bill. OK. I think that is it.

Click.

This is not a valid account number. Please enter your account number.

You know what? This isnít working. Let me try a different click. Iíll just open this desk drawer here, and, yes, there it is. My checkbook. And my pen. Thumb on top of the button on the end of the pen.

Click.


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Member Comments
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dub W04/29/13
Cute. Thanks, it sums up everyone's frustration.
Patsy Hallum04/29/13
OH, funny, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has trouble. Great story of frustration that occurs with all this technology. Keep Writing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/01/13
Oh I love a story that has me nodding my head and agreeing all while smiling. At the end I was seriously laughing. This is one of my favorites! The pacing was perfect.
Sheldon Bass 05/02/13
Ah, I loved it! The pain of technological... convenience?
Put's me in mind of a funny poem I wrote when I was first learning to use a computer. Congratulations on a great first place!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/02/13
Congratulations on your first place overall!! I knew it was one of my favorites!
Kim Norton05/02/13
Awesome! Congrats!
Danielle King 05/02/13
So clever. Loved it. Congratulations!
Nancy Bucca 05/02/13
Absolutely brilliant. What a great take on the topic. Congratulations on your 1st place editor's choice!
Lillian Rhoades 05/02/13
I just clicked in to congratulate you, and to let you know what a stellar job you did in capturing the frustrations of us all.

Well done!
Bea Edwards 05/02/13
Been there, done that.
I think you must design a shirt!
Congratulations on your winning the Top EC with this hilarious look into the password dance.
Christina Banks 05/02/13
Congratulations on your 1st place win!
Leola Ogle 05/02/13
Wow! Love this. Congratulations on EC 1st place. Good job! God bless!
Francy Judge05/02/13
Congratulations! I'm sure most readers can relate to this frustration, like I did. This was a creative idea for the topic with a perfect ending. Great job!
Ellen Carr 05/02/13
Congratulations on your 1st place EC. It is well-deserved indeed! How true to life it is - the frustrations of technology, pin numbers, etc. We still have a cheque book (Australian for check book) but very few people do. You've done a great job with this.
Claudia Thomason 05/03/13
Great job on this article which made me chuckle from beginning to end. Congratulations on your 1st place EC. Very well deserved!
Vince Martella05/04/13
Congrats on your very funny, well deserved win.
Sarah Dirk05/04/13
Sweet job! I've been in that situation way to many times. :( Congrats on your win.