Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bad Check 2

Sometimes, people write bad checks. Sometimes it is purposeful, and other times it is accidental.

When I worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a renter once paid for his rental with a bad check. He secured the rental with a credit card and paid the balance with a check when he returned the car.

My boss, Rich, completed the transaction and accepted the check when the renter returned the car. I was a new trainee at the time.

We were presented with the returned check in short order. Rich attempted twice more to put the check through only to have it returned both times. He worked with the local branch of the issuing bank and learned that the account holder had an amount deposited every other Thursday which would cover the check.

Evidently, the account holder - our former renter - would get paid on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and would withdraw the cash at about 3:30. We had tried to run his credit card for the balance, but it had been closed!

The next such Thursday, at the time indicated by the bank manager, Rich was waiting at the bank to cash the check. At 1:10, with the blessing of the bank manager, we presented the check and it was honored.

At 3:35, the former renter called our branch.
"Did y'all get the money on that check? OK."

He was caught and he knew it.


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