The Check

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Pa was recently engaged in one of his many hobbies, specifically that of persuading the local bank as to the merits of doing business his way. As his success in this area has been limited, he determined to take his trade elsewhere and accordingly took up a discussion with a teller at the competing bank. Unfortunately, Pa had neglected to consider that his leverage with the institution might be limited if he had never done business there before.

Explaining their policy on not cashing checks for people who don't have accounts with their bank, the teller said,

"Why if he didn't have an account here, I wouldn't cash a check for my own brother."

Pa's irate response was,

"Well ... you know your family a lot better than I ..."