A media issue I recently handled at work involved New York’s Office of Unclaimed Property. Afterward, for no reason in particular, I decided to see if Texas had a similar office — and we do (www.window.state.tx.us/up/) . Of course I searched my name, and lo and behold, I have unclaimed funds. Woohoo!
Then I saw the amount and was more than a little disappointed.
ONE cent? WTF? Who the f*ck would even put that in a database? Poor Rhonda is owed $0.01 by University of Houston.
Then I remembered exactly what that penny was about. It was a semester when I dropped a class and that was my tuition “refund.” In fact, even in 1996 I knew that was a WTF? moment and had saved the check because I thought it was so ridiculous.
After a little searching, I present to you my check for one penny.
As ridiculous as this all is, I have found a way to pay it forward — the website allows you to donate your unclaimed funds to charity.
Hopefully this penny issue is resolved forever … although I am sure the charity will be completely underwhelmed by my generosity and will probably have a WTF? moment themselves when they get the check for one penny. HA!