Irrelevant But Amusing Anyway

This story has nothing to do with information technology, but I can't resist anyway. The New York Times published a story today about 2 men who tried to cash a $355 Social Security check that wasn't theirs at a local check cashing company. It belonged, instead, to a friend/roommate of theirs who had died from natural causes the day before, and was "waiting" outside, Bernie-style.

As the Times writes, "Two men were arrested on Tuesday after pushing a corpse, seated in an office chair, along the sidewalk to a check-cashing store to cash the dead manâ''s Social Security check."

The story goes on to say that the 2 men placed their roommate's body in the chair and wheeled it around the corner, then parked the chair with the corpse in front of a Pay-O-Matic at 763 Ninth Avenue, a check-cashing business that the deceased had used.

The two went inside to present the check, but a clerk said the dead man would have to cash it himself, and asked where he was.

"He is outside," one of the men said, indicating the body in the chair. The two began to wheel the chair into the Pay-O-Matic (how he was going to sign the check is a bit of a mystery), but by then, a small crowd and a police detective had noticed the dead body in the chair.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.


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Robert Charette
Spotsylvania, Va.
Willie D. Jones
New York City