Despite the ubiquity of digital communication, faxing financial documents is still a common practice in various sectors worldwide. The simplicity and directness of fax technology can be an unexpected boon in certain circumstances, as illustrated in this captivating story of a tech entrepreneur’s divorce.
Originating from Reddit’s /r/maliciouscompliance subreddit, this story takes a humorous twist on faxing financial documents. The tale centers around a man navigating a contentious divorce and custody battle without legal representation. His ex-wife’s attorney, with an air of superiority, attempted to corner the man into providing three years’ worth of financial documents in a format that proved difficult given his financial constraints.
Facing this pressure, the man opted for an ingenious solution: faxing everything. He asked the attorney if he owned a fax machine, and upon receiving an affirmative answer, an idea took root.
Okay, mother****er. You want 3 years of financials? You got it.
Embracing the task at hand, the man embarked on a mission of digitizing and faxing his financial documents. From bank statements to tax filings, no record was left behind. All these financial documents, even that five-year-old McDonald’s receipt, were compiled into a comprehensive PDF and sent via his company’s online fax system. This system ensured that the lawyer’s fax machine would be receiving and printing non-stop until the process was successful.
The lawyer’s office was soon overwhelmed by the barrage of faxed financial documents. With the fax machine continuously jamming and running out of ink, the office staff found themselves grappling with an unexpected paperwork deluge. Calls to halt the fax onslaught were met with the man’s firm insistence that he would continue until every page of his financial documents was received.
Two days later, a lady from his office called and asked me to stop sending the fax. Their fax/scanner/printer/copier had been printing non-stop. It kept getting paper jams, kept running out of ink and they had to keep shutting it off and back on to print.
Ultimately, the lawyer relented, sending an email with a signed letter stating the man was no longer required to provide the financial documents. Although the letter threatened sanctions, these were never pursued.