Is it just me or is anyone else rattled by this automated check withdrawal system? I’m used to writing a check and then giving it to someone. Here, gas stations are starting to run it through a little machine and then just give it back to me. What in the heck am I supposed to do with it? Do I keep it, throw it away, frame it? The little piece of paper feels too sacred to be left in my care. I prefer to live in complete ignorance of what banks usually do with it. Some small part of me knows that they make a microfilm copy and then shred it. But I prefer to fantasize that somehow my money is so important that my invalidated checks are all kept in a highly secure vault somewhere underground in Montana. Yes, I bet there is a whole killer guard dog devoted to protecting my refuse.
Sometimes, I am so slow to change.