The Break-Up | Saying Goodbye to an Old Love

Cutting the cordA few weeks back, we shared a story we received from a young man who had recently ended his longstanding relationship with Charter Communications. Believe it or not—he isn’t alone! Our customer service representatives receive hundreds, if not thousands of calls every week, sharing tales of abuse that would make your hair curl.
If you think cable providers are the only abusive lovers, think again! We recently received an email from a woman who finally cut ties with DirecTV. Below, you will find her tale of heartbreak and rebirth.
Looking back, I don’t know why I waited so long. The writing was on the wall. It was clear I was in a bad relationship. He was taking advantage of me and I just let him do it. I guess it’s true what they say – when you’re in the relationship it’s harder to see the signs.  Now that I’ve pulled away, I just shake my head at the trap I’d fallen into…
We met years ago. To be honest – I’ve known him my whole life. I bought my first home a little over two years ago and he moved in right away. Actually, I had only been in my house three days when he secured his flag to my roof and made himself a resident in my living room. I’ve paid his bills and supported him ever since. Why? Because I thought I needed him.  I thought I needed his company and I was afraid of what my life would be like without him.
It was unhealthy. He sucked the life out of me. He provided me with the things I didn’t need and kept the things from me I needed the most. He provided me with a spot on the couch but I wasn’t allowed to leave it. No running, no dinner parties with the Joneses, no fresh air, no Sunday Fundays.



It took me longer than I’d like to admit to finally realize I didn’t need him. Friends and coworkers started telling me that I could do so much better and it finally sank in. I had options. Lots of options. He wasn’t the only fish in the sea. It took me years, but I finally said it –


Goodbye DirecTV.
I’m moving on. I don’t need you anymore.
I’ve given up too much for you and I’m not willing to do it any longer.  Why should I give you a place to live for over two years and pay you over $2000?  And to add insult to injury, you want your STUFF BACK?! Unbelievable. What are you going to do with it anyway?  Unload it at the next unsuspecting girl’s house?  I wouldn’t be surprised. That’d be just like you. You’ll probably tell her you’ll give her everything she could ever want. That you’ll make her happy and keep her company.
But we both know the truth, don’t we? You’ll take her money, month after month. A girl’s heart can’t be fulfilled with options like basic, starter, essential, premium, or premium plus. She needs to feel like you enable her. Like you make her a better person. You, DirecTV, don’t make me feel that way. You bog me down. You make me feel restricted and burdened. Trapped. I don’t need you anymore.
I now enjoy free—yes, FREE!—HD programs with my super sexy HDTV antenna from Antennas Direct. I’m moving on. I’ve found everything I need with the folks at Antennas Direct… and without paying $80 a month.


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