By Los AngelesOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Years ago my dad bought a refrigerator for like $800 and paid for it with a check and then a couple months later I overheard him complaining to my stepmother that that goddamned check hadn’t cleared yet and it was screwing up his checkbook.

This went on for months until he finally called the bank who told him to call the Sears and they told him they didn’t have any record of that transaction whatsoever.

“Well now what am I supposed to do?” he said.

“Enjoy your free refrigerator.”

Which he did, but only because he kept that $800 on his check register for years “just in case” until my stepmother left him and they sold the house and he started a fresh checking account.

“If they ever come looking for it I’ll give them her number.”