Ramblings from Reggie: What happens when you lose your checkbook

July 1, 1993

Hope you had a happy Fourth of July! I’m always torn about whether we should move all holidays to a Monday or Friday. I know tradition and all that, but I can see both sides of the argument. More than 200 roadblocks were being put up to suppress the citizens.

In April, somebody decided they needed my checkbook more than I did. That person also decided they needed to make purchases or cash checks at Wal-Marts around town. Now, Telecheck decided I no longer needed to cash checks around town because all my stolen checks were returned by the bank because they were reported stolen. Because of the thief’s action and Wal-Mart’s obvious lack of identification enforcement, I have to go through the process of proving it wasn’t I who wrote the checks.

I would like to know why two people/organizations’ stupidity translates into my work? Clearly, Wal-Mart could look at those checks and say I did not write them. My license and Social Security card were not stolen. I tried to call Telecheck; in no way are they going to answer the phone and hear my wrath—can’t get through to a live person.

My questions about this are these: How can they throw my name out to every Telecheck terminal without making their retailer do some background work? Is this legal? I’m not a lawsuit guy, never filed one in my life, but I am interested how the system can work like this. E-mail me with your thoughts at thepub@insightbb.com.

Add another reason why I do not go to Wal-Mart.

A lot of people are going through worse scenarios with identity theft. Instead of lawmakers doing their usual spin, they should attack this issue head-on and put some teeth into these crimes and be clever about how to protect us. Maybe chips under our skin will ultimately be the only way?

Go, Raptors! If you don’t know Coach Rik Richards, you should try to. He is a great guy, and a motivated football coach. The team has a lot of talent from top to bottom. All they need is the community support. They should make it to the championship game, but potentially Sioux Falls is almost unbeatable right now. But coach has time to work on that problem.

The new Swilligan’s The Pub karma put the IceHogs over the top. Maybe we have enough left for the Raptors!

Swilligan’s will be closed Sundays until Waterfront weekend. Of course, we will be there for you Monday through Saturday with MLB games, karaoke on Wednesday and Saturday, and live music Thursday.

Come on downtown—the bridges are all working, and it’s free!

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

.from the July 5-10, 2007, issue

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