Remember loan shark/pawn king Chuck Brennan’s effort to push his debtors to contact the Governor and the sponsors of the new 36% interest rate cap and urge them to repeal this payday lender-killing regulation? One of Brennan’s targets, initiative sponsor Rev. Steve Hickey, kindly shares some of the messages he’s received from folks responding to Brennan’s urging:
Thank God for your great service. Thanks again. Yeah.
Measure 21 us the best thing for South Dakota BACK OFF DOLLAR LOAN CENTER.
I see that your name has been added to the Dollar Loan Center website and as a result you will likely be receiving many “crank” emails. I was thrilled to see your email so that I can say the opposite: WELL DONE in getting that measure passed!
Chuck Brennen from the Dollar Loan Center sent this to all it’s customers because this forces him out of business in South Dakota.
/ www.dontbebroke.com/ south-dakota-notice/
Please do NOT take any action to repeal South Dakota Measure 21. The public has spoken with overwhelming support of 36% interest rate cap.
The only real negative Rev. Hickey reports receiving is this tale of woe:
I want to tell you I was close to death. All my organs were shutting down. Most people died from this blood infection. Only got paid a third of my wages. I can’t get a cash advance from my job. Went to get a loan. No cause you and Hildebrand made this law out to help us. I don’t thank you. I have no gas to get to work no good. I don’t want hand outs I have worked my entire life without. The doctors say I was lucky I lived. No I wish I hadn’t. You rich people think us poor people your helping. Your not. But it’s okay for drinking. One senator drank and drove here. In Watertown sd killed a man on a motorcycle. He was found guilty. Guess what he got weekends in jail. If it was someone off of the streets we would be in the Penn. All I do is work and stay home can’t afford anything else. I bet you can buy whatever you want. Eat out!! I don’t. Buy clothes. I don’t. Thanksgiving I will have a sandwich at home. So I don’t wish for you to be poor and work and have nothing. I have had the same job for 19 years so it isn’t like I don’t work. So I don’t thank you!! You guys should be able to answer your phones. Since you made the law to help us poor. I don’t want hand outs. I can’t get a loan through a bank. I didn’t plan on coming that close to death. Doctors say I need to gain wait. All I can afford is one sandwich a day. Since I can’t get a loan cause of what you got passed. I don’t wish this on anyone. To be working and broke cause of being sick. I will not get food stamps. Medical bills pouring in. So if you’re going to hurt the poor. Why don’t you making drinking against the law? So senator don’t kill people. Thanks for making me wish I had died.
A doctor here missed Diagnosis me. I called other doctors none of them would see me. Go to er. I go to er everything shutting down. I got one lung now and one kidney. If the doctor would have caught it I wouldnt have been taken to soiux falls. Then that doctor gave the wrong meds. Then bills me. He took blood and still did it wrong. Thanks to all the rich people. Er nurse’s said get her out of here she is going to die on the table.
I just want to thank you all for nothing. All the people who have money. And don’t care about the hard working people.
Hmm… I don’t think the 75.58% of South Dakota voters who approved the 36% rate cap are rich people who don’t work hard.
If that sample at all matches the kinds of messages Governor Daugaard is receiving, we can count on no pressure from the top to repeal the reasonable 36% rate cap on payday loans. Chuck Brennan may have to focus on whatever Quality Lenders is trying to do in seeking some new designation from the South Dakota Division of Banking to resume making loans in South Dakota.