I've been writing checks for years. Many years. My mom used to let me fill in the checks when I was in junior high. I'm no stranger to the system. But last week, it finally dawned on me...I've been filling checks out wrong for 16 years.
Do you know that when you write out the dollar amount, you don't actually have to write "Such and such DOLLARS and 00/100" followed by a squiggly line? The word "Dollars" is clearly printed at the end of the line...staring you in the face. This was news to me. How did this slip by me? Did we not learn check writing in Mr. Brigham's econ class? I've been unnecessarily redundant all this time. How many wasted minutes of my life have been spent writing out the word d-o-l-l-a-r-s when I could have just written out the number, ended with a squiggly, and called it a day?! Oh, the things I could have accomplished with all that extra time!
However, I just got to thinkin'... What if I'm writing a check for just ONE dollar? Do I then need to go and cross out the unnecessary "s" in the word "Dollars?" Could I leave it as printed and hope for the best? And if I did, would it confuse the bank teller...would he/she wonder if maybe I forgot to add another word after the "one"...like "hundred" or "thousand"...what if in the confusion they decided that I DID forget and gave the payee too much money? The whole bank system would come crashing down. They really should know better and put the "s" in parenthesis to cover their butts. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
I just love that Lucy.