We got a note from a typical “grumpy old GUARDIAN” reader today questioning the authority of the government to “get into our accounts” when we send them a check, prompted by the notice above.
It brought to mind the half dozen clients who will pay us for the Day Job images only through direct deposit. We never can balance the the checkbook because the deposits don’t have the name of the depositor in most cases or the end of month deposit doesn’t “clear” until after the statement is sent.
Or the auto insurance company that thinks I am unreasonable asking for a bill through the “snail mail” instead of the much more “eco-friendly” electronic billing. They don’t REALLY care about saving trees, they care about not paying someone to prepare the bill.
When I told them I sent a reply last month, they said it must have gone to spam and offered to send me a form that would save me time and effort with “automatic payment.” I suggested they give me THEIR bank account details and I would make a “direct deposit,” but they declined the offer. At least I think they did because I never got a reply.
We went to the movie over the weekend and it was total sticker shock. Old People tickets are $6.50 each a SMALL drink was $4.75. The previews had multiple notices to “silence your phone” and a bunch of ads for really really loud shows with things like dragons being chased by Black Hawk helicopters. When I complained to some younger friends about the prices, each and every one of them had a cheaper solution that involved NetFlix, a computer, “streaming,” various subscription plans–no doubt all come with an automatic withdrawal.
For the record, I still carry a white handkerchief in my pocket and stash a big bill in my wallet for emergencies. I have also NEVER been to an ATM machine. A neat trick worth a free cup of coffee is to offer up a $50 or $100 bill. Chances are the “barrista” will simply give you the java rather than waste her time debating the merits of cash transactions with someone so old fashioned as to not use plastic.
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