This month, I saw this:
I called Larry and had him immediately go up to the office to get it straightened out. Turns out, they had applied somebody else’s bill to ours and overcharged us by $220. They got it fixed and are going to cut me a check.
All I could think was “What if this had happened 10 years ago?” When I was teaching, I lived paycheck to paycheck, and I didn’t even do that very well. If I had been overcharged that much back then, pretty much every other bill I paid would have bounced and I would have racked up overdraft and late fees. They would have fixed it, but not before it did a number on me. I would have had to borrow money to get gas and a few packets of ramen. It would have been embarrassing and humiliating and not even my fault. Seems like a lifetime ago, but it really wasn’t.
So today, I am so very thankful that I had the extra $220 in my account and only noticed it because I happened to be online on the exact day it posted. I’m glad it happened to me and not somebody else.