Man, oh man, alive! (I don’t really know what that means, but I heard it in an old movie, and it somehow fits the experience I just had.)
Bureaucracy. It kills happy thoughts faster than a needle pops an overinflated balloon.
It all started when I received a late notice for a student loan on Saturday.
Only, there was no way the payment was late. I had paid. Early, in fact.
So this morning was spent on the phone with the ‘bureau’ that has my student loan.
It only took about an hour to finally find out what had happened.
- I paid my payment, due February 14, on February 4th (10 days early).
- On February 9th the ‘bureau’ changed my status and cut my payment nearly in half. (Nice!) I was not notified of the change.
- On February 14th, my account was marked as delinquent since in the 5 days since the status had changed I hadn’t paid this new, more reasonable amount. (Not nice!)
- To add to the craziness I was told that the payment I’d already sent for March, which is just short of twice the new payment I owe, wouldn’t even bring the account up-to-date. I would need to send more money.