When I was in business, we used to joke that a customer was qualified if he or she was breathing and had money. And that they could get a waiver on the first of these requirements.
But even the second requirement seems no longer to apply. Below is an image of the top part of a letter addressed to my mother, Marjorie Smith, at my address. The letter arrived about an hour ago.
My mother died on April 12, 1992. She never lived with us for more than two or three weeks at a time. My home address was her estate’s official address until my brother and I finally closed it out about a year after her death. What I’m saying is that not only did the referenced Marjorie Smith die over 17 years ago but she hasn’t had a penny to her name for over 16 years.
I wonder what this preapproval was based on. Being long dead and insolvent doesn’t seem to have been a limitation.
I kind of doubt she’s too interesting in signing up for Sprint service right now. But then, the letter does say “Hurry, offer ends soon!” There is an opt-out procedure; I think I’ll take it. Who knows what else she might be preapproved for and I worry that her identity may have been stolen. That would really upset her.