In Corona, California, Sami Habbas recently found a credit-card offer in his mail. But it was addressed to "Palestinian Bomber."
Habbas, 54, is a Palestinian-American who has lived in the United States since he was 3. The grocer and U.S. Army veteran described himself as "very sad--devastated" to receive the mailing.
He grew only more upset at the response he received from operators when he telephoned JPMorgan Chase & Co., which sent the solicitation. After providing his ZIP code and the invitation number on the solicitation, he heard two operators address him the same way: "Yes, Mr. Bomber, what can we do for you?"
Chase Card Services, the Delaware-based credit card line of JPMorgan Chase & Co., said it is investigating the solicitation. Executive Vice President Kelly J. Presta issued a statement saying, "The information on the letter was obtained from a list purchased by Chase from a vendor. Although no Chase employee was involved in creating this information, we are embarrassed by this incident and regret that our automatic screening procedures did not catch this erroneous information."
"It's very upsetting," Habbas said. "I'm not what they are saying, a Palestinian bomber. That's uncalled for. I have a name. My name is Sami Habbas."
Source: The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle