A Stimulating Face Palm

I was emailing back and forth with a peer on Tuesday.

Peer congratulated me on a work-related accomplishment and then asked if I got “the $5,000 check yet.”

(She was referring to the latest stupid plan to help people who are struggling financially in the U.S. by allowing them to take a loan of $5,000 from their future Social Security payments. I’m not going to discuss my opinion of this stupid plan here, as this is only an explanation of peer’s remark to assist with the rest of the story.)

So, I responded in jest, “No…leakers…”

And added…

“However, my mom got a stimulus check last week. I wonder if Jesus will cash it for her.”

The owner of the assisted living facility where mom had resided, called on Thursday to tell me that the federal government mailed a stimulus check to my mother – the woman who has been gone, in heaven, since February of 2019.

Not sure how the government messed this up, but it doesn’t surprise me.

I’ll have to return the check, of course, with an explanation and perhaps a copy of the death certificate. I would hate for mom to have to take a loan from future Social Security payments that she’s not receiving in order to pay back the stimulus check that never should have been sent to her in the first place.


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23 responses to A Stimulating Face Palm

  1. Dan Antion says:

    $1,200 would buy a lot of brandy and Kit-Kats…🍹🍫 🙂

    The aggravating part is the work you have to do to fix their mistake. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could call and have them send you a self-addressed stamped envelope? Good luck with that.

    Kudos on the work accomplishment.

    Take care, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol, mom would certainly find the humor in your remembrance of her special habits.

      I thought of that…the time and effort it will take to remedy the situation. *sigh* I have better things to do!

      Have a wonderful Wednesday, Dan!

  2. Wow… just wow. I mean, can you add any more insult to injury? This is the sort of bureaucratic error that could never end… the kind that morphs into a Monty Python sketch – like the one about a dead parrot…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I wonder how many other deceased people have received stimulus checks?

      It’s been a long time since I watched Monty Python so I’ll have to see if the dead parrot sketch is on YouTube.

  3. loisajay says:

    Oh, Mary…..good luck returning the money. Has your mom received her letter from Trump yet? Mine came a good 3 weeks after I received the check in my bank account. I think ‘stupid’ was the correct word.

  4. Laurie says:

    Ugh! I agree – what a stupid plan. It is heartless to allow desperate people to borrow against their Social Security. So sorry you now have to spend time dealing with someone else’s incompetence.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I fear that if the Social Security plan was put into place, it would be a disaster for everyone.It’s like corporations digging into employee retirement funds to stay afloat. Not good in the long run.

  5. John Holton says:

    It usually takes the government about ten years to figure out they’ve made a mistake and ask for the money back (I know this from experience), so what I’d do is put it in a high-yield savings account or the stock market. When Uncle Sam asks for the money back, give it to them and save the interest or proceeds for yourself…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Well, there’s an idea, but with my luck, the feds would charge me with forgery and make me pay the interest too…while spending retirement in prison. 😏

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Oh Brother! Not surprised this happened, but talk about stupid. And annoying. For you the most of course. Shaking my head as I wander off…

  7. But, but, doesn’t it have Trump’s signature on it? Wouldn’t you want to frame it for posterity? Maybe mount it in a little shrine?

    Ugh. Government. Poorly run government. Double ugh.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol, I did joke to a friend that I should keep it and frame it, but I really don’t want anything to remind me that we have an insane President. Triple ugh.

  8. joey says:

    On Twitter, I follow a man who received a check payable to (we’ll pretend) himself, ROBERT SMITH & LINDA SMITH DECEASED — and the check was $2400, so you know, he got paid on her behalf, even though they know she’s deceased. O_O

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s just crazy. I’ve sent the check back, hoping the government doesn’t do that again. We’ll see… 😏

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