I am not from this state, and I had never heard of check guarantee cards before I moved here. Now, I am quite familiar with them.
Being in college, 1,500 miles away from home, we students depend on some things, including being able to write checks. Of course, I, having no job and owing some money on credit cards, am unable to get one. I can understand the use for them, but it makes it twice as hard to live here if you don't have one of those little cards.
For example, my car broke down, so I took it in to get it fixed. The bill was $22, so I took a cab to pick up my car and found out they wouldn't take my check. So, I had to pay extra money to go to the bank, get a money order and come back. Isn't this why we have checking accounts in the first place?
Also, a lot of places in town treat people who don't have a check guarantee card like they are criminals. For example, I was in a grocery store the other night and the clerk made this big deal about me not having a guarantee card. He called his manager and embarrassed me in front of the other customers.
Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.
L. Michele Campbell
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