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She looks great considering she’s a dead woman

Being dead can be a real drag, especially if you’re alive. Just ask Doris Temple, 85, a Navy veteran who learned in January that the government had declared her deceased.

Strongly suspecting an error, she protested, but not before she lost her health insurance and thousands of dollars in income – Social Security benefits as well as private insurance and pension payments. All the while, she got letters addressed to “the estate of Doris Temple,” some of which included condolences. And when she tried to rent a Walnut Creek apartment last month, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wouldn’t hook up her utilities because, as a corpse, she had a lousy credit score.

via Woman is living proof that she’s not dead

And lest you think this is a strange isolated case: In a June 2008 report, the Social Security Administration’s inspector general called cases like Temple’s “resurrections” and said the agency could do more to help the victims, given their “serious hardships.” The report said Social Security officials had deleted 46,035 death entries from their files from January 2004 to April 2007.

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March 19, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on She looks great considering she’s a dead woman