Google Trying To Bill Service Cancelled 5 Years Ago

Apparently when you are Google, you decide that 5 years after a customer explicitly cancelled a service1 to try billing for the same service as though the subscription was never cancelled by the customer. Surely this is just an error and not a sneaky attempt at generating some revenue while juicing the subscriber numbers for the investors.

First the juicy chunks of the header where it passes dkim for an @google.com origin.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:53:58 -0700 (PDT)
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:53:58 -0700 (PDT)
X-Notifications: XEAAAAFtRWQjzcIOZIwDLwmJHbzc
Message-ID: <U5ptDk2tPTBilNNLBIg1oA@notifications.google.com>

And now Google's message of  "Fuck you, we're Google, pay us":

Google

Payment failure: G Suite Basic for [domain name]

Hello

The last payment for your G Suite Basic subscription for [domain name]
failed. This indicates that there's something wrong with your payment
method.

To prevent the suspension of all services for all users on October 3, 2012:

Contact your bank or credit card company to resolve the issue with your
payment method.
Go to your Admin console to retry or update your payment method and pay
your outstanding balance. If you couldn't resolve the issue, you'll need to
add a new payment method instead.

See complete instructions for fixing a payment failure.

Go to Admin console

Sincerely,
The G Suite Team

© 2017 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you
about important changes to your G Suite product or account.

Now, if Google's billing apparatus is sending emails in September 2017 that are talking about October 3, Twenty-fucking-Twelve in the future tense because it failed to charge long expired who-fucking-remembers fiat cards… what is it getting away with charging? There could be some substantial lulz along this line, but probably nothing challenging the brewing discrimination lulz in terms of tort hazard to Google.


  1. One year before Snowden and two before there was a republic  

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