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  •  I once had the Tennessee Dept. of Investigation (25+ / 0-)

    (or some set of initials) march into my office at my place of employment and demand that I pay the sales tax on a very expensive Jaguar I was supposed to have purchased.  

    One of the officers actually put his foot on one of my office chairs and started unfolding a ream of computer printouts that supposedly listed all the places I had lived or been employed for the last ten years.  I pointed out that in some cases I had apparently been living in two places at once, but that didn't phase them.

    Back in the relatively primitive era of computer spying, this is what resulted from having a relatively common name.

    I have also had IRS agents knocking on my door, nearly lost a scholarship because the other me wasn't carrying enough units,
    and other hassles.

    The TDI interview ended when I told the officers to show me my Jaguar and give me the keys, then I would pay the sales tax.  

    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

    by MadScientist on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:15:07 AM PST

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    •  My brother almost couldn't get a car loan (2+ / 0-)
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      Because someone else with the same name had filed bankruptcy. At the time, my brother was 23, the guy who had filed was in his 60s. Somehow, the person at the bank was unable to tell the difference. It took a couple of days to get hold of someone at the bank who was capable of reading all the data in the credit report to determine that (a) the other guy was 40 years older than the kid sitting in front of him, and (b) he lived in a different town.

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