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    Running Some Marriage Checks

    | OR, USA | Crazy Requests, Money

    (A man comes up to my teller window and gives me an account number that he wants to deposit a check into. I pull up the account to see that his wife is the only name on the account, but the check is written out to him.)

    Me: “Hmm, do you have an account with us? Since the check is written out to you, I would have to first deposit it into your account and then transfer it to your wife’s account.”

    (After having to explain this concept a couple more times, he gives me his own account number, and I notice just how much the check is for: almost $30,000.)

    Me: “You know, I am actually going to need to put a three-day hold on this check.”

    Husband: “What? Why?”

    Me: “It’s based on a lot of factors, like your account activity and current balance, which is not much and under $500, and that you’ve chosen to come to a branch an hour from your house, which is a little odd.”

    Husband: “What? I’ve been banking here for 30 years; you’re not putting a hold on my check. That’s just ridiculous. It’s a good check! Give it back to me. I’ll just take it somewhere where they’ll actually be happy to take my money!”

    (After several more minutes of this, I ultimately agree to not put any hold on the check and he leaves. I show the check to my supervisor a couple minutes later, who says that we ARE going to put a hold on the funds. My manager is about to call the customer to let him know, when a woman walks up to my station.)

    Wife: “Hi, I wanted to transfer my husband’s check into my account. He was just in here.”

    Me: “Oh hi, give me just a second.”

    (I grab my supervisor, who tells her that we will need to put a hold on the check, so we can’t transfer it to her account just yet.)

    Wife: “Oh that’s fine. We don’t need the money now, but my husband is just so bad with his money that he’s not allowed to touch it. That’s why we keep it in my account. Otherwise he would just spend it.”

    Me: “Oh, well thank you for understanding!”

    Wife: “Oh I don’t care. It’s not a big deal. My husband was probably not very nice about it though, was he?”

    Me: “Haha, well…”

    Wife: “Yeah, he’s not very sociable.”