When I worked in retail for the Post Office, we also handled inquiries regarding post office box issues, since our unit was right next to the box section at our location. Many, many times people would come to the window demanding to know where their Social Security or other expected government check was, as it hadn't arrived in their box, yet. Routinely, part of our advice was always, "you should consider getting direct deposit." So many of them answered that they didn't trust that method, we eventually stopped suggesting it except on rare occasions.
Well, it appears that within six months, they - and every American - will no longer have a choice.
Two friends meet in passing one day, and the first notices that the other man looks quite despondent. So he asks, "Hey, how come you look like the whole world has caved in on you?"
The sad fellow says, "Let me tell you. Three weeks ago an uncle died and left me ten thousand dollars."
"Well, I'm sorry to hear about your uncle's passing, but that's a bit of good news for you, too, isn't it?"
"Hold on, it gets better," says the glum guy. "Two weeks ago, a great-aunt I never knew I had passed away and left me twenty thousand, free and clear."
"Well, you can't be disappointed about that!"
"No, I'm not, but listen ... last week my grandfather went to his rest and I inherited almost one hundred thousand dollars!"
"That's incredible! But why do you look so sad?"
The depressed man shakes his head and says, "Well ... this week? Nothing!"
[Joe's Clean Laffs]
WORD for YOUR WEEK: Let's talk about the word cashier. Used as a noun, it describes someone who handles payments, receipts, and other simple financial transactions. It originates with the Latin word "capsa," which meant case, as in a box. In French, it was "caisse" and the person reaching into the box was a "caissier." However, this word can also be used as a verb, signifying an action. When you "cashier" someone, you have dismissed that person from service, usually in disgrace. Thanks and a tip o'the Mark Musings cap to Anu Garg.