Interesting news today on the Deposit Book Crowd.
When I got in this morning, I suggested to Mrs. A that
she hotfoot it down to the bank to cash the checks of Mr. and Mrs.
Deadbeat, the Deposit Book felons she'd talked to on Tuesday, before
they had time to put a stop on their checks. Mrs. A didn't think it was
likely that they would, as it usually costs $20 to do such a stop. I
said, it would be cheaper for them to spend $40 to stop two checks than
to allow the full $300 value of those checks to hit their account. Then
they would have our books and we wouldn't have funds to replace them.
"True," Mrs. A said. "I'm actually considering just
calling them back and telling them they can have their checks back if
they'll just return the books, and that they'll be banned from using our
Hmm. Sounded win-win to me. After all, we don't
really want their money; we want our books back. The money is just
there as added incentive for them to return the books. It's just that
Deposit Book Crowd people NEVER want to jump through our hoops.
Before any action could be taken, though, we got a
call from Mrs. D, the librarian at the nearest library to the Deadbeats.
It seems Mrs. Deadbeat had dropped off three of the five books and
Mrs. D was popping them in the mail to us even as she spoke. An hour
later, Mrs. D called back to say she'd phoned Mrs. Deadbeat and told her
they needed the other two books as well and Mrs. Deadbeat agreed to
bring them in too.
Will wonders never cease!