According to an article in the New York Daily News, Hale Storm, 58, is filming a new TV reality series called “Dead Beat Busters” in which he and a motley crew of helpers ride around in a hearse and confront unsuspecting debtors. Storm previously had a reality show on the Science Channel called “JUNKies” that chronicled his dumpster-diving adventures.
As if the Asset Receivable Management industry needed any help to enhance it’s already dreadful perception, Storm said his team will drive around in a hearse with the license plate “Payupnow” in hopes of drawing attention and with the intention of harassing and shaming debtors into paying.
It is my sincere hope that the show will not get picked up. Debt collection is an important industry and a big component of our economy. The reality is that the vast majority of debtors have simply fallen on hard times and need to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.