Bank Makes Walk-In Customer Prove She's Not Dead

chase bankWrenella Pierre of Oviedo, Florida was declared dead, but only by Chase Bank and her creditors. Everyone else knew she was alive and well. Chase sent her family condolence letters and alerted credit agencies that Pierre had passed away, which is very kind of them, except that she wasn't dead at all. In fact, she was trying to re-finance her home, which is how she found out she was dead. Turns out it's pretty hard to amend your mortgage when you're perceived to be deceased.

Naturally, Pierre lawyered up and is suing Chase for ruining her credit.

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And I would, too. After showing up to Chase and waving her arms in front of everyone and saying, "HELLO!! I'M ALIIIIIIVE!" what more did she have to do? It's been eight months since the bank put the kibosh on her life, and things haven't really gotten any better. Credit reports still show that she's dead as a doornail. Hence the lawyer.

Chase's response? They're "looking into it." It was a case of either mistaken identity, poor record keeping, sheer laziness, or some sort of ploy to make money. Either way, Wrenella still ain't dead.

I hope Wrenella gets some retribution for this hassle. Is there anything worse than battling the bank? I once burst into tears on the phone I was so frustrated ... and that was over a stolen card. Could you imagine having to argue about life and death? Wrenella deserves every penny that Chase is ordered to pay her.

And with her settlement, she should throw a "It's Good to Be Alive But Have Chase Think You're Dead" party fit for a Queen. Or a Beverly Hills toddler -- seems like they're one in the same.

It's a little scary to think about how much power the banks have over our lives, which is why I keep all my money hidden under a loose brick on the corner of 33rd and 3rd. It pays to be this smart. At least no one will accuse me of being dead, right?

Has a bank error ever messed with your life?


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