According to the folks behind Wayne Enterprises, it's almost exactly the same. I was initially investigating bottled Holy Water (a whole story in itself) and I ran into these: Rubber Checks. Real checks made out of 1/8th inch rubber. They're supposed to work like real checks with a twist of protest.
According to the site, if you use them to pay taxes or government fine, the thicker checks will modify behavior and make the government more thoughtful. To see how,
According to the site, the checks flummox the processing machines and require manual processing. They say,
"The government uses your pocket book to modify your behavior regularly. They do this by implementing fines, penalties, fees, taxes, etc. This behavior modification tool can be used on the government. When it costs the government approximately three times as much to process your Rubber Checks, they too will modify their behavior. We're talking about millions of dollars in lost revenue."
The checks also require an extra 75 cents to mail, and cost $5 a pop, so you better make sure you really want to make that protest. But here's my question. If processing these costs the government extra money, and you pay to run the government, whose pocket are you really impacting here? Though I suppose all those thirsty colonists were tea-d off when they realized what they'd done. . .