Several years ago a couple of my friends introduced me to payday lending. I went to three places in all, Check ‘n Go, Advance America and another place that has since closed. I had three loans out at one time for a while, but the worst experience came with Check ‘n Go. At least Advance America eventually let me do an extended payment plan so I could get out of that cycle.
I was raised in Florissant, Missouri, a suburb of St Louis. I went away to college and worked at a local fast food establishment. While I was away at school, I did take out a few payday loans that I eventually paid off. But I decided I needed to make a career and lifestyle change, so I joined the US Navy and attended boot camp right outside of Chicago. I was deployed to the Middle East for six months and am now stationed at a military base as an airman in Oak Harbor, Washington.