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Paying Taxes With a Rubber Check = the Boston Tea Party?

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. . .

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rpenner rpenner 9 years
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I can just imagine some old coot sending in a rubber check, and then calling into complain because it doesn't show as "cashed" in his check register the next month. Well, you broke our machine, then the bank's machine, and they were all confused and had to wait and ask their boss, but he was on vacation for 6 days, and then...
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I tried paying my taxes with monopoly money, but it seems the IRS does not consider it legal tender......
stephley stephley 9 years
1 & 2 say everything worth saying about this!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
... or you can just vote for responsible people.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I have worked my entire career in the finance dept of a large bureaucracy. The people who open the mail and process checks are generally not the ones whose opinion matters. You just made their day more difficult, and they are in the same boat as you. Save your money! Don't abuse state, govt, and city employees. Most of them do they best they can with what they've got, and they don't make up the rules.
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