"We are urging citizens to redeposit the checks, and we promise the funds are there now to cover the deposits," stammered Bernanke. The fed chair blamed the recent screw-up on his secretary, explaining that he sent her to the bank with a $750 billion dollar check on Friday, but that she arrived too late to make the deposit. "When she finally told me on Monday," added Bernanke, "I almost went off on her!"
Cody Hildreth, an unemployed bricklayer from Wadesboro, North Carolina, was surprised to receive his economic stimulus check back in the mail today with a stamp on the back reading returned for insufficient funds. "You'd think the government would plan for this sort of thing," stated Hildreth. "I tried to catch up on the payments for my second-hand Chevy Cobalt, but now they are threatening to repossess after my check bounced."
"Never liked that car much anyway," added Hildreth
130 million Americans expect to receive an economic stimulus payment from the government by the end of the summer. The payment is intended to stimulate the economy through consumer spending.