Will the real Pam please stand up?Posted: August 28, 2013
Cancer update: Didn’t hear from Surgeon’s office today. Am going to email my NP tomorrow afternoon if I don’t hear in the morning.
In addition to the green meanies, I am dealing with another, non-health, issue.
Two weeks ago, I had dinner at Brandon’s Diner (surprise surprise) and when I went to pay, my ATM/Visa was declined. I had just gotten a paycheck and I knew I had plenty of cash (obviously before bills) so I had them run it again. Declined. So I sat on their friendly waiting bench and checked my bank account on my iPhone.
(as an aside, what in the world did we do before smartphones?)
Yep, I had zero $$ in my checking account. Zip, zilch, nada, I also noticed that my savings account was a little emptier. Going further online the emptiness was caused by one transaction labeled “legal transaction.” Legal transaction. WTF?
I called the bank and they told me that they couldn’t tell me anything but a phone number was on the transaction. So I called the phone number and it was….the California Franchise Tax Board. Now, I do owe the State of California $$ but I’m current on a payment plan. So they shouldn’t have taken money. Of course, when I called that night it was closed. Luckily I’m a super regular at Brandons and they didn’t make me wash dishes.
The next day, I called the FTB and got the “we’re too busy for you. <click>” message twice. On the third try, I got the “we’re too busy for you but please leave a callback number and we’ll get back to you. Estimated wait time is… 3 hours.” So I optimistically left my number, prayed and hung up. True to its word, I got a callback 3 hours late from the FTB. I have to say, it may take hours to get on the phone with them, but I’ve always found the employees to be really nice and helpful. Anyway, I got on the phone and told the rep that I was wondering why they took $$ my account. She said she had to ask me some questions.
Rep: Is your name Pam X.?
Me: It was Pam X. but it hasn’t been that for 5 years. I’m Pam M.
Rep: So you aren’t Pam X.?
Rep: What is your current address?
Me: blah blah blah, Upland, California
Rep: That’s not the address I have on file….did you just move to California?
Me: Noooo. I was born here and never left. Where does it say I live?
Me: Uhm. That isn’t me. I haven’t ever lived in Nevada. I hate Nevada and don’t even want to visit.
Rep: Interesting. Because we took the $$ out of your account because the Superior Court of San Diego asked us to. But it says here you live in Nevada. Here’s their number.
So I called the SC of San Diego. In a nutshell. a person named Pam who lives in Nevada got a ticket last year in San Diego. Somehow, her address ended up being linked to my drivers license. So after many failures to appear, the court asked the FTB to put a levy on my accounts and pulled $775.00 ($100 in non-refundable bank charges). So now I have to prove that I’m not the person they think I am. I have sent them tons of information and as of today, they are “researching” it. I have a copy of the ticket and besides the geographic difference, there are some major differences in our demographics:
So everyone, please go to the DMV website and pay the $2 to print an unofficial driving record. Getting her off my record is my next step AFTER I get my freaking money back.
One of the documents I sent them (…twice…) was a copy of my CA driver’s license. How much do you have to research to figure out that I’m not a tall, african american?