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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by theo11321045:
    Yes. They brought several sheets of paper to me and didn't let me have a look at these sheets of paper and directly asked me to sign at appointed places. At first, I repeatedly refused to sign it, as I mentioned above. However, I thought that they would not return my cards unless I signed the contract and I finally gave in...
    Again, I regretted for not calling the police...
    Its a learning lesson that you need to reflect on and makes you a stronger person for the future. Do what other expats do, kick up a fuss, start shouting, never be bullied into doing anything, threaten with the "I will call the Police" tactic in future and last but not the least, never ever sign a contract without even reading it properly.

    lesson learned and enough nagging, its nearly CNY woohoo 2 weeks off. have a great week
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    Will people STOP erroneously saying that a signature on a document is tantamount to a contract. It simply is not!

    OP, I really feel sorry for you. I remember as a 17 year old, I spent all my savings on a car. It broke down and (whilst I can't remember the ins and outs) the repair garage basically held my car hostage for weeks whilst attending to more "essential" repairs.

    I was a mixture of too polite, too unconfrontational and too ashamed to do anything about it. When my dad finally worked out what happened, he marched me over there and nearly had a fist fight with the garage owner. It did not good (it rarely does), but my dad bailed me out, paid the fuckers off and I got my car back. I don't think I have (knowingly) been ripped off since. Sometimes, you just have to go through the experience to make you wise to these antics.

    Point is this: everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) gets ripped off at least once in their lives. If you don't have the stomach for a long and time consuming fight with them, at least take solace in the fact that you still have a membership which you can use, and that the total exposure was only 10k. For what it's worth, I use CF and I actually think they're pretty good.

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    At least you will get fit.


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    Now you have learnt your lesson you will know exactly how to deal with the "personal trainers", and I use the term very lightly, that will constantly harass you for great PT deals if you buy a package then and there!

    A polite but firm"f**k off" is sufficient usually.


  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia:
    Its a learning lesson that you need to reflect on and makes you a stronger person for the future. Do what other expats do, kick up a fuss, start shouting, never be bullied into doing anything, threaten with the "I will call the Police" tactic in future and last but not the least, never ever sign a contract without even reading it properly.

    lesson learned and enough nagging, its nearly CNY woohoo 2 weeks off. have a great week
    It is really a good lesson although the tuition is a bit high... XD
    I will keep these in mind!
    And Happy Chinese New Year!

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    this is HK - in everything remember that it is 'buyer beware' and don't be afraid to look someone in the eye and tell them you are not buying/signing/interested no matter how much pressure selling they try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketurtles:
    Will people STOP erroneously saying that a signature on a document is tantamount to a contract. It simply is not!
    Please feel free to actually spend a little time to read OP's first post.

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    Well. Many thanks to all of your kind posts.
    These days I am physically and mentally terrible and I will take a good rest during the Chinese New Year holiday.
    Still, I am looking forward to the result of the CC.

    If other people have any other advice, please feel free to comment...

    Last edited by theo11321045; 29-01-2014 at 04:20 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proplus:
    Please feel free to actually spend a little time to read OP's first post.
    I did, proplus. Please elaborate.

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    I consider HK as a perfect place to develop your assertiveness as you have many opportunities to fight off many aggressive salespeople, charity fund raisers, real estate agents, cold callers etc. I once saw a Caucasian reject a fundraiser with a simple "get out of my fecking way [email protected]!".

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