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No longer "in the mail" [ Saturday, 14 Jun 08 | 20:18 ]
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Or… “your government at work.”

Last week I was greeted with a letter that essentially said “the check is in the mail”. The check being my “economic stimulus payment”. Today, a week later, this showed up in the mail:

Front of stimulus check envelope

You will note that the sender address merely says “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, and nothing else. Also, no mention of “postage paid” or any sign of a stamp. Likewise, no “Airmail” or “Par Avion” that might indicate the mailing priority. Since it arrived in a week, I assume Correos figured out that it was not junk mail. I guess the "authorities" think the rest of the world will do what is "right" if they just see that it's from the USA.

Back of stimulus check envelope

The back of the check has the typical “if undeliverable, return to sender” notice with a box to mark as either:


Note the nice touch of having this printed in five languages, with castellano, the most widely used after English, being last.

Of course it’s not clear exactly just who or where to return it, if undeliverable. After all “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” is a pretty big place with lots of people.

They did get the address more or less correct, but forgot to include the postal code. I guess it’s either ZIP or nada.

I do plan to spend it all at one place.


[User Picture]From: iberianbear
Saturday, 14 Jun 08 | 19:08 (UTC)
This is crap

where is MY stimulus check?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Saturday, 14 Jun 08 | 19:25 (UTC)

Where is MY stimulus check?

"Return to sender"
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