Data breach resulted in false bill
DEAR BRUCE: >> Due to a U.S. government data breach, a Los Angeles company sent me a $6,000 bill for “services.” I refused to pay and informed the company. They sent the $6,000 to collection and it appeared on my Experian credit report. I reported it to the police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and other state and federal agencies.
Experian sent me a letter stating the collection action was deleted from my credit report. I am not sure what “deleted” means. Is my credit still damaged? Please explain it to me. -- P.F. DEAR P.F.: >> Congratulations! A win to the good guys. Unfortunately, there is no way I can tell you which one of your inquires got Experian to take care of the collection letter. In turn, there is no damage to your credit history.
I really would like to say congratulations again. It isn’t often you can say the good guys won one! DEAR BRUCE: >> I recently had back surgery, and I was going through TSA in a wheelchair at Reno/Tahoe Airport and I was flagged for personal inspection. The TSA agent made me stand for 15 minutes as he swabbed the entire contents of my carryon bag. He had to pat down my pants and he required me to stand with my legs widely parted, though I told him this was painful to me. He ordered me to stand anyway, and I sat in the wheelchair and called him names.
This brought a team of TSA agents asking me what my problem was. I told them about my back surgery and then I told them about the guy who made me stand. They read me the riot act about their jobs. When they were done, I called them all sorts of names and they cleared me for my plane.
These TSA agents are unprofessional in my opinion. What do you think? -- Reader DEAR READER: >> I am glad to hear that you won that fight. They could have fooled around with you long enough that you missed your connection. That would have been kind of a hollow victory.
I have a difficult time standing for long periods of time,
too. Whenever I’ve been in
this situation and I have asked for someplace to sit, they have wasted time on occasion. Nonetheless, they always provided a chair with no argument.
You just happened to run into a few guys who were real stinkers, and I congratulate you on getting through it. Although, I wouldn’t suggest that you
make your methods a regular habit.