Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
I just had the strangest conversation at the doctor’s office. I was writing out a check for my co-pay, like I normally do, and handed it to the receptionist. She handed it back to me and said I needed to write out the word “dollars” so that the check read:
“thirty dollars and 00/100”
But the check already has the word “dollars” printed at the end of the line so I always write “thirty and 00/100”.
I was very confused, but did what she asked me to and as I did she sort of… patronized me. (I think she thought I was very young and never wrote out a check before.) She said, “Hasn’t anyone ever corrected you?” and “That is not the correct way to write a check.”
I’ve been writing checks out for almost 10 years and I’ve never been asked to do that before.
How do you write out your checks?
Post # 3
She’s wrong. It SAYS dollars, you just have to put the amount.
When I write mine and there are no cents, I just put the number with a line and not 0/100.
If it has cents, I’ll do 30 and 30/100.
Post # 4
I write “thirty dollars and 00/100”
I think either is totally acceptable…
Post # 5
I don’t write out checks! I have a checking account, but no checks and I pay everything online.
Although back when I had a checkbook, I wrote thirty and no/100 with a line going over to the word dollars.
Post # 6
@coyote: I thought adding “dollars” was repetitious and write it the same as you: “Thirty and 00/100 dollars”. My mom writes checks that way (always has) and that’s how I was taught in personal finance class in high school.
I would have been flustered and wouldn’t have said anything, but it would have been great to say, “Nooooo… it says dollars. You don’t have to write it twice.” and she what she said. How annoying!
ETA: When you have to write checks for multiple hundreds, “dollars” takes up valuable space!
Post # 7
I used to write the amount without “dollars” up until one day when our lease office called and said my bank wanted “dollars” handwritten. They wouldn’t deposit our rent check until I fixed it.
Post # 8
I always write “dollars”. I used to work in a bank and that’s the way that we were taught to accept them. We wouldn’t refuse a check if it didn’t have it written but as far as they’re concerned, that’s the “proper” way to do it.
Post # 9
I rarely write checks, but when I do I put Thirty and 0/100
Post # 10
Yeah I never write “dollars” either because it’s pre-printed on the check. I didn’t realize that could be a problem — I’ve never had an issue with it!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
@Crabbabs: I DID say that!! And she said that it doesn’t matter. I still have to write it myself.
@MrsJ19: & @UpstateCait: That’s so interesting! I’ve never had a problem before!
Post # 12
I never ever ever write dollars. I would have done Thirty and 00/100 too.
Post # 13
I would be SO FIRED UP if some place told me I had to write dollars. It says dollars ON THE CHECK. I am a little fired up over this right now for some reason, probably because that lady was such a jerk to the OP…
Post # 14
I never write dollars either. It’s already there!
Post # 15
Dollars is pre-printed on the check; thus “Thirty and ~~~~~ 00/100” is what I would write. You were right, she was incorrect, and furthermore, RUDE.
Post # 16
I was reading this as I was on the phone with my dad (the ultimate check writer, because he and my mom do not believe in credit cards/debit cards or paying on line), and he’s pretty sure that in 40 years of check writing, he’s never written the word “dollar”.
Me personally, if i’m having a particularly good handwriting day I’ll write out dollar (even though, clearly, you don’t have to)…but most times it’s just the Thirty and
She must never write big checks because when paying my mortgage I barely have enough room to write the 84/100…
I would have probably laughed at her, told her to Google it, and then muttered the word “idiot” as I left the doctor’s office…but I’m snarky like that when people tell me stupid things like how to “correctly” write a check…