I had an opening shift this morning, so I was dutifully booting up my computer to clock in (with the lights out, mind you) when Some Dude walks in and asks if he can cash a check if he's got an account with us.
I ask to see the check in question, he hands it over.
It's a jail check.
No, he doesn't work at the jail. It's the check you're given when you get out of jail.
See, when you're arrested, they confiscate everything, including your wallet and all the cash inside it.
When you get out, they don't give you the cash back, only the personal effects. They write you a check for the cash. So Dude's got a jail check.
"Yeah, this is no problem. Just come back at 9 when we open, we don't have any drawers open right now."
[takes about two steps, stops, turns back again]
"You look really good today."
Jesus Christ, how long was he in jail??
I thought for sure starting the day off that way was a horrible, horrible omen, and save for a huge rush for the first hour of business, it was a pretty boring day.
One small highlight, though: A woman called with some questions because she had some items returned for "insignificant funds”. Classic. Almost as good as the old guy who called me a few months ago who was all concerned about the account he had that was "in the rears".