Credit Cards for Your Keychain

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This is probably nothing new, but since I haven't received new credit cards in a while, it's a first for me. I decided that I needed a replacement for my Bank of America card since it was finally getting a little tattered:

Old credit card

Getting a new card was easy-peasy; I simply logged into the website and ordered a new one. What I got in the mail two weeks later was this:

New credit cards

A new card… and a half. What the hell? Let me see if I've got this right. Someone out there is so goddamn stupid that they would hang a mini credit card on their keychain? You gotta be kidding me.

Think back to the time in your life when you first started carrying a wallet (or for the ladies, a wallet or purse). In all that time, which have you misplaced more frequently, your keys or your wallet (or purse)? If you're anything like me, and I know I am, you've misplaced your keys far, far more frequently than your wallet. Losing your keys now takes on a whole new drama with an active credit card on it. Brilliant!

On another note, in the image of the new card-and-a-half, you'll notice a red outline around the dates. The first date, 03/07, is the date the card was issued. The second date, 10/07, is the date it expires. Ever heard of a credit card company issuing a card that only lasts seven months? Neither had I, until Bank of America came into my life. Not only did they not extend the life of the card (which, okay, I can kind of understand), but they changed the damn account number. What the hell is wrong with this company? I ordered a replacement card, I didn't ask for a new number. There are things that are paid automatically to that card, now I need to go and change the number at each service real friggin' quick so they go through as scheduled. The most retarded thing about that is that they didn't tell me. If I hadn't noticed the number change by looking at the card, I never would have known. Oh, there was an included letter. It told me all the wonderful things I could “earn” by using the card and racking up points. Never mentioned that my electric bill might not get paid because the number was different. Apparently the people at this company are so hapless that they need a special-ed teacher to explain how numbers work.

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