Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cash Only, Please

True story: When I turned 20, my grandma gave me a check for ten dollars. I worked full time and didn't have an ATM card, so the only time I could deposit the damn thing was between 5:30pm and 6pm on Friday, or get up early and deposit it on Saturday morning.

Well,

  • The only branch of my bank anywhere near my office was a few miles in the wrong direction in rush hour traffic
  • I hate rush hour traffic
  • The chances are, I had forgotten the check at home that morning anyway
  • I could never get up before 1pm on a Saturday, and
  • Let’s face it—it was a lousy ten bucks.

So I didn't deposit it for months. Every six months or so, my grandma would call my mom asking politely about it, and then my mom would pester me about depositing it.

“All right, I’ll do it this week.” I knew it was a lie.

Finally, no kidding, about TWO YEARS later, I deposited it. I must have been on vacation or something. It cleared.

I never received money from Grandma again. That’s okay; the only thing I want from her is her love.

Unless it’s a hundred bucks or more.

16 comments:

  1. LOL
    i'm so glad i figured out how to leave a comment here, some OTHER persons site is too complicated for me ! i'm a girl ya know ! haha
    and, if you post here just about every day, i'm sure looking forward to it-i like your stuff !
    i just hope you keep posting the link, i'd never find it on my own. *GRIN

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  2. Oh this is so cute. That happened with me and my grandma once.

    When it comes to getting checks from grandma's I've learned one thing...the timing in which you cash it is very important. They watch...they wait. Too soon and your greedy, too late and you don't need the money. Forget about "big brother"...grandma was always watching. lol! Thanks Joe - Carrie

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  3. Perspective Girl6/13/2007 02:10:00 AM

    Ha ha ha! I had a check like that once...but my grandma never asked about it....

    PG

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  4. $10 checks suck. It's like a rebate check...it'll never get cashed.

    :-)

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  5. lmao......I think I still have a check like that floating around!!

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  6. ah. Poor grandma probably couldn't balance her checkbook without that check clearing. You could have mailed the check. ;)

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  7. Yeah, I had a similar experience with a birthday check for my kids from my aunt & uncle...it does kind of sound like you need to think about changing banks though! :-)

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  8. Too funny! Maybe that's why my relatives stopped giving us monetary gifts (or any gifts at all now that I think about it...) after high school graduation. They wanted to be able to balance their checkbooks every month!!

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  9. I am curioous how you deposited your paycheck?

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  10. I had direct deposit, baby. I was big-time with my $9K a year job. :-)

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  11. I never got a $10 check from OUR grandma! Yet more proof that you're the favorite. Jerk.

    Or maybe I got a check, too, but forgot such an insignificant amount. In which case...sorry.

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  12. The former bank employee made me ask these questions.

    Why didn't you just stick it in the night deposit box? Also, If you could never go to the bank, how'd you get money to pay for things? Or deposit your huge paychecks? Why didn't you have an ATM card?

    And, yeah so you turned 20 like 16 years ago and $10 was like a WHOLE tank of gas by todays standards that equates to like $35 bux (I drive a Corolla). I also got a birthday card with no money in it today and MAN, I miss birthday money. Even the $5 bux from grandma buys a cheap unhealthy lunch.

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  13. ah. Poor grandma probably couldn't balance her checkbook without that check clearing. You could have mailed the check. ;)

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  14. LOL
    i'm so glad i figured out how to leave a comment here, some OTHER persons site is too complicated for me ! i'm a girl ya know ! haha
    and, if you post here just about every day, i'm sure looking forward to it-i like your stuff !
    i just hope you keep posting the link, i'd never find it on my own. *GRIN

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