Relatively Speaking, Living Guy Bank Of America Declared Dead For Three Years Has Nothing To Complain About

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Earlier today, Bank of America made headlines for accidentally telling credit agencies, since May 2009, that customer Arthur Livingston is dead. Since Livingston is in fact alive, this has posed somewhat of a problem for him, especially considering he's been trying to buy a house and has found that it's difficult to get a mortgage when you have no credit score. Since having the issue brought to its attention, Bank of America has reportedly not done anything to make things right for the guy, who has been a customer for 14 years and "regularly pays off his credit card bill in full." Should Livingston be ticked? Sure. Is this more than a little annoying? You bet. Do we feel for the guy? Of course. Should he inform the offending party he'll see their asses in court? Most definitely. Does it come close to the shit Bank of America has pulled on people in the past? Not by a long shot.

Unless the bank has:

* Broken into your home, changed the locks, taken all of your stuff (furniture, your son’s ski medals, winter clothes, family photos), including "a wooden box, its top inscribed with the words “Together Forever,” that contained the ashes of your late husband, Robert"...

* Changed the locks on your house (which was paid off in full) and shut off the electricity, which caused 75 pounds of salmon and halibut stored in your refrigerator and freezer to spoil and melt, before water spread through the property and leaked through the flooring into joists and lower areas...

* "Erroneously believed" your house was in default, dispatched a contractor to change the locks, snatched your beloved parrot, caused you "so much emotional distress that you need prescription medication for anxiety," denied taking the pet, told you they were "tired" of hearing from you, hung up on you several times, and the finally made you drive 80 miles to retrieve it (without ever saying sorry)...

...you got off easy.

Bank of America Declared Customer Dead for Three Years? [KBOI]
Related: Bank Of America Outdoes Itself When It Comes To Wrongfully Breaking Into People’s Homes, Stealing Items Of Sentimental Value

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