FL here. It's definitely a legal requirement for the state, but I've never gotten interest back. That being said, I rent out a room in my house, and keep the roommates deposit fund in a separate, interest-bearing account, never touched until they've moved out. Then they get everything, minus what they destroy and don't fix (which rarely happens).
Ugh, I know exactly where you are coming from on this one. After years and years of scraping by, it's hard to save money for big stuff, instead of taking care of immediate big needs. Yes, I need new clothes (really, I do - everything has holes in it), but I also need a new roof and to go to the doctor. How the f can possibly put every penny away for the next 3 years? There's always an emergency, it wipes out my baby ER fund, then by the time time I've saved anything again, it's wiped out again.
@Anonymous1330 - Are you following code re: hospitality licenses, though? In my state, it's legal to do this, if you own your own home, you just have to get a specific licenses from the state/county/city and pay taxes to each.
And the last time you were in Orlando was...when? The numbers are most likely skewed by the inclusion of the area around the "attractions", like Disney, which is not actually in, or a part of, Orlando. Tourist areas are always going to be rife with low-level service jobs, but this completely ignores the quickly growing tech industry. Next time you're down here, I'd be happy to show you what the real Orlando looks like.
This just confirmed a suspicion I've had for some time regarding an area hospital system. It's the only ER I've been to where they slap in an IV and run a bag of saline before they do any testing or you see a doctor. I was told the reason was "most people don't drink enough water". As someone one that only drinks water, and in plentiful amounts, I protested. It was ignored, and I was given the IV anyways. All three times I was there. No discussion, no good reasoning, just padding the bill.
@@fo - Yes, they will challenge. I was never told of the $4k wildcard, that may have been a change from when mine went through. I had to justify where I got the money for the bankruptcy (sold my furniture), where and how I was living (with friends for chores/pity), and more.
As someone that had to take that route because of insane medical bills, I'm also neither proud nor ashamed. My credit score was really high before I got sick, so it didn't drop too bad with the bankruptcy, and it's currently around 750. Only 2 years to go until the bankruptcy drops off. I was able to buy a house and get a car loan with a great rate, but can't get a single credit card.
@stuffisthings - Ahem. FL may have the homestead exemption, but you do in fact have to get rid of your belongings. You are allowed to retain $1000 in personal items. If your car is paid off and worth less than $1000, you can keep it. It's a horrible experience.
Something about the article makes me think that perhaps they received a large number of similar complaints, and reached out to the most competently written. It would be bad policy to change the direction of the company for one complaint, but she probably summed up the issues with the most clarity, so she came across as a good person to interview as representative of the group.
Aw, geez. Just last week I have some older man in the pickup truck behind me screaming at me that I was a "stupid f*cking b*tch" because I wouldn't make an illegal U-turn. At a red light. With a cop in the next lane. Obvs, my vjay made me do it.