A couple of weeks ago I wrote a cheque for the first time in about a decade and sent it off. A few days later I noticed that my bank had paid a different sum of money from that which I thought I had authorised.
I rang my bank and they said that they would get a copy of the cheque and look into it – but they would charge me five pounds for the privilege. Well, ok, but don’t make a habit of it…
The bank investigated the matter and discovered that although I had written the amount in words correctly, for some reason I had written a different sum of money in figures. And that’s what they look at when they decide how much to pay.
There’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the bank has decided to refund that fee. The bad news, well…the government (the people who I sent the cheque to) seem to be reluctant to refund my overpayment.