Southern California Gas Company

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...