Everyone hates harassing calls from unrelenting debt collectors, even the folks at Whataburger Restaurants.
Exasperated officials at the San Antonio-based burger chain have gone to court in an attempt to stop persistent collections calls made to its corporate headquarters to get an unidentified employee to pay up on a debt allegedly owed.
Whataburger last week sued NCO Financial Systems, saying the collection efforts of one of the nation's largest debt collectors "amount to a campaign of harassment against Whataburger that is unreasonable ... and reckless."
H. Anthony Hervol, a San Antonio lawyer who defends individuals in debt-collection disputes, called Whataburger's action "very unusual."
"I guess the word I would use is refreshing," Hervol said when asked for a reaction. "It's good to see that an employer would step in, rather than blame the employee - which is what debt collectors want them to do."
In an email, Whataburger General Counsel Mike Gibbs would neither comment on the lawsuit nor share any information on the case or the unidentified employee. There were no details in the lawsuit about the type of debt or the amount allegedly owed.