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Why so many customer credit checks?

To the editor: David Lazarus' column was on point about AT&T running a credit check on an existing customer. I had the same issue with Southern California Gas Co. ("Reconnecting with AT&T has hang-ups," Column, June 23) We have lived in our home for 27 years; our average monthly bill was less than $20, and we were never late with a payment. We are moving seven miles away and transferring service, and the gas company insisted on running a credit check. Of course we argued that it should look at our payment history; its answer was that if we have not run a credit check in two years, we have to run it. This is absolutely an unnecessary expense and an intrusion...

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