Windfall

Published on May 7, 2007 by

On Saturday, I got an unexpected check from my previous employer. I thought they had paid me everything they were going to pay me, but I was wrong. So now I have to decide what to do with the extra money.

I know the usual advice when you get some unexpected money is “don’t spend it all in one place.” However, in this particular case, I don’t think that advice really applies. I really have no idea how I would go about spending $0.01 in more than one place.

Yes, you read that right. They mailed me a check for one penny. Now, since it’s possible to buy paper in bulk at less than a penny per sheet, the check is, in fact, worth more than the paper it’s printed on. Barely. But then there’s the envelope — and postage. They spent at least $0.40 to send me $0.01.

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4 comments on “Windfall”

  1. cantinflas says:

    I don\’t know that I would call that a windfall. Maybe a tease? Or better yet, a breathfall, or breezefall. Don\’t forget the time it took someone to approve the check, you\’re way over $0.40 then. And you probably blogged for $3.00 worth of time about it. That\’s an expensive cent.

  2. Alethea says:

    It\’s not worth the gas to take it to the bank. The signing of your name will be less per word than any semi-semi-small press mag. And the point\’s already been made about the blog…

    It\’s kind of like celery, that burns more calories in the chewing than it actually contains.

    That\’s a celery check you have right there, mister.

  3. Suanne Warr says:

    Man, some people have all the luck… ;)