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Published on November 15, 2005

A couple of things from the day:

At the store today I rang up a twentysomething woman newly moved here from New Orleans, probably in response to the storm. She bought a decent number of groceries but we couldn’t accept her check because it was a starter check and she had written in her address (needs to be pre-printed). She had just opened a bank account in the area and had forgotten to get cash. She didn’t have an alternate form of payment and elected to just leave her groceries and go home. I felt terrible for her. I kicked myself later for not buying her groceries for her. A missed opportunity…

I splurged and bought the latest issue of Rolling Stone today, wherein is an excellent and comprehensive interview of Bono, much better than the joke that was the SPIN interview. Probably isn’t as insightful for you, Lindsey, but for those of us who don’t comb the message boards it’s quite good.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been that girl…

    And it’s not fun, but my instance was with an out of state check with a lower check number (like 113 or something) that they couldn’t call and verify… When I offered to go get a checkbook from Bank of America with a much higher number they more or less called me fraudulent, saying “most thieves and scam artists have figured that they can order checks with higher numbers now, so we don’t really accept it just for that,” so I walked out and have yet to visit that particular Harris Teeter since.

  2. admin says:

    I’ve been in that position as well, but just when I first got my checkbook and I attempted to purchase a cd in a music store with a check with a low number. They wanted to see a major credit card, which I didn’t have (and didn’t have until about six months ago, really). I was steamed, but it doesn’t compare to the situation I encountered today. I felt awful for her because it seemed like she was just trying to set up her life again. But what do I know…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I believe that both our situations are a bit different from hers. It’s a tough thing to encounter, I know.