2006/03/14

For Credit-Card Applications Only Shredding Will do

Do you tear up your credit-card applications, as recommended by banks like Chase? Worse, just throw them away? Well then, take a gander at a guy who literally tore up a credit-card application, taped it together, filled it out, and got himself a new line-o-credit.

Seems nothing but the shredder is good enough.

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I shred every bit of mail that isn't to be filed in the file cabinet. Have for years. We have a large plastic wastebasket sized container to catch the shreds. Amazing how quickly it fills up with shredded junk. All the shredded stuff is recycled.
the junk is pretty disgraceful...
Fuck, now I have to get a shredder instead of some other electronic gadget I have been coveting.
Depends. Is your shredder made by Diebold?

Oh! Political humor! Ain't it a coup?
He who covets gadgets...

Lines the pocket of The Man.
We shred anything with our names and address on it that we don't need. We just feel safer doing it that way... !
Likewise, shred it all. About the only thing that does not get shredded is the bladest garbahj for things like get Dish or Direct TV that is so generic it could be in a "RESIDENT's" mailbox.
maybe that is one good thing about having shitty credit
does not get shredded is the bladest garbahj

Yeah, I don't usually shred my "bladest garbahj" either. :-)

Graeme, not so sure 'bout the shitty credit thing. I hear that when your credit is not so hot they market you all the more. Figure they can get you on the hook monthly payments.
I'm sooo glad I finally bought a shredder. I am so sick of stupid banks sending me those apps. I used to throw them out - so far I'm lucky. But no more! Shreddin' awayyyy!
yup. i bought a shredder the day after i caught two guys dumpster-diving one chilly evening in Bloomington, IN. They kept pulling envelops out of the dumpster, peered at them and said things like "nope, that one's empty," or "nope, that's not a good one."

the apartment complex? didn't care.
yup. i bought a shredder the day after i caught two guys dumpster-diving one chilly evening in Bloomington, IN.

You actually caught them! I'm amazed. Though it would be very hard to get at our garbage, we routinely have large bundles of mail held back by our postal carrier, and what happens in those intervening days always has me worried--watching our Netflix, applying for credit...
that's ridiculous. utter irresponsibility on the part of the credit card agencies. of course, they don't care whose credit they ruin - they just want the interest.

what a disgrace.

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