I don’t think anyone enjoys actually having to go to the bank and have those awkward interactions with bank tellers. It’s even worse when you go to cash a check with an embarrassing “for” line written on it.
The following is a list of some of the funniest things people have written on that line…
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In an apartment I used to share with four other guys, one month I ended up having to front the rent. Three of the checks I got back had “ransom” in the memo line and one had “kidnapping.”
I thought it was hilarious and brought them into the bank to deposit them- the teller didn’t even blink. So anticlimactic.
I was a teller for about 3 years up until last year. I never saw anything really funny come through, but I did have one customer who had to get cashiers checks every month for one of his vendors. I would always ask him if he wanted to put something in the memo line that would print on the check. He asked if I could put, “Go screw yourself.”
And so I did.
Every month for about 6 months, he would wait for me so his beer vendor received a check that had different variations of “Go screw yourself” and “Here’s your stupid money.”
Later I found out the Vice President of the beer company contacted that specific vendor to find out why the checks he deposits all had these messages on them. I can’t believe I didn’t get fired at that job.
When I write checks, I like to end the “for” line with one or more letters to make it into a word, and then draw whatever word I made in the memo line. So, for example, I wrote a check to my mom and made “for” say “fork” and drew a little fork.
My grandmother has Alzheimer’s, and one of the symptoms is that as the disease progresses she digresses in maturity level. Well throughout my teens she basically became a teenager again. In the “for” section of the check she wrote me as a graduation present, she wrote “bubble gum, other candy, and condoms.”
I love that she knows how important it is that bubble gum be separated from every type of candy in my world.
I live in a house with 4 other students, and to make things easier one roommate pays the utility bill, and we pay them back. I always mess with them by writing ridiculous things on the cheque. I’ve put things like “this is a stick up” etc. Apparently my friends get weird looks from the bank tellers now…I wonder why.
I used to do this to my roommate whenever I paid him for the bills…
My favorites are:
– Homemade lubricant
– Pole Dancing Lessons
– Eternal Possession of his Soul
There were others as we lived together for 2 years and so I got about 2 chances a month to attempt to embarrass him at the bank. Apparently he had explained what was going on to the tellers and they began to look forward to him bringing in the goofy checks.
And after he moved out, he got asked by the teller what had happened to my checks…
I used to live with 3 other guys where one would pay cable, one utilities, one water, etc and we’d pay back our share by writing them a check every month.
Some of my best checks had really intricate drawings of penises in the FOR section. Not just the penis itself though, I’ve found if you add in the surrounding legs and torso it brings the dick drawing up to a whole new level of realism.
A few months back, I owed my girlfriend some money for a concert ticket. I wrote her a check and under the “for” space I wrote “The fantastic night.” She didn’t really care because she was going to deposit it at the ATM.
Well we both forgot that her parents can see her bank account activity. Her dad called her a couple days later laughing and said, “I saw that check you deposited. I can’t believe you don’t do that for free. He is your boyfriend after all.”
She was mortified. I was in tears laughing.
Long ago, my mom was stuck at her dentists office because they had done some unnecessary cosmetic thing without her consent, and the receptionist was physically blocking the door until my mom paid. My mom asked if a check was ok, then made it out, and wrote EXTORTION on the for line. They didn’t cash the check, and later sent her a post card saying that they would not longer be able to provide services.
She found another dentist.
Actual bank teller here.
Some teenage kid brought in a check from his friend I’m guessing, as there were small hidden penises hidden throughout the writing of the check. Very tiny and could only be see when looking closely.
Needless to say the kid knew and was red faced the entire transaction.
I once wrote my roommate a check for rent and put “Strippers and Coke” in the memo line. When he went to cash the $400 check, the teller looked at it and asked him with a completely straight face, if he would like that all in one-dollar bills.
My friend made a bank transfer to another friend to pay for a recent holiday, only he put the reference as “sex toy refund.”
As amusing as this was, it was somewhat less amusing for the recipient of the money since he had to produce an up to date bank statement later that week, and this was the newest transaction.
I wrote “What’s your phone number?” on a check at the drive-thru one day and gave it to the teller I always flirted with. I saw her smile when she read it.
The receipt came back with her number written on it.
I lived with my ex for a long time who used Wells Fargo. I’d always write things like “child sacrifice ceremony” or draw a picture of a chicken. And just in case you guys are wondering, Wells Fargo will take checks that say, “FIFTY DOLLA BILLZ YALL” on the legal line.
I work back end fraud detection and you name it, I’ve seen it on checks or Internet transactions between people: ‘Thanks for last night’, ‘get checked for herpes’, ‘2 black sex toys’, and numerous drug references.
I’ve found people are clever and it makes my day better so keep it up!
While opening the cards we received at our wedding, I discovered my ex boyfriend had written a $500 check made out to my husband with “pain and suffering” in the memo.
Bank teller here. I see “for sex”, “for the rash” that are kind of funny.
But the funniest are the names people assign their accounts online such as “boob job”, “cash money”, “dolla dolla bill y’all” which makes it hard to keep a straight face when helping people.
I’m going to start writing. “A Lannister Always Pays his Debts” on my memo line.
My friend’s mother is foreign and when she’d fill out the weekly check for her son’s saxophone lessons, she’d write “sex lessons”…instead of SAX lessons.
It wasn’t until many years later my friend pointed out her mistake…
I was extremely drunk while I wrote my friend a check, and looked at the scan of it from my bank website when he cashed it some time later. In the ‘amount’ line:
‘TWO HUNDRED DOLLAZ’
‘YOUR D; MY MOUTH’
I spent a summer doing data entry for a collections agency. I saw a bad check that said ‘I can’t believe you took a check from me’ on the line.
I once wrote “drug money” in the comment section of a PayPal transfer.
Damn was that a mistake. Both my account and the receivers account were instantly frozen. I had to go through hell and high water to get it unlocked.
I’m still on my parents cell phone family plan since it’s grandfathered into unlimited data. I have my bank set up to automatically send him a check every month for “The food I ate as a child”.
This 30-year-old, huge guy. He had a check for 10 dollars that said “Happy Halloween love, Gma” in the for line. I thought it was funny and cute.
I babysat a lot in college and grad school. One mom used to write “overlord duties” on my checks when I got paid.
My dad once got a check from a friend where the for line said “anal bleaching.”
My roommate always writes “The Jerk’s tax” when he gives me a check.
My dad likes to put ‘filial piety’ on checks he gives me.
Alimony Check: “I got laid last night.”
My wife used to process checks for the corporate office of a payday lending /check cashing store. She had a check written out for $69.69 bounce back to her one day and the memo line read “Bootay Call”.