I've been repressed by The Man today and I'm sick of it. I go to make a business deposit and the teller at Wells Fargo hands me one of the checks back, a U.S. Postal Money Order, and says the bank won't negotiate it due to fraud problems. I've banked there for years and have been treated crappy by them. You'd think I would have the guts to change banks but it's a big hassle and I'm pretty much a battered wife when it comes to them. I grumble out of there and head over to the Post Office to cash the money order. Stand in line like you always do and present the postal order to the clerk and ask her to cash it. She informs me she does not have enough money in her drawer. (It's a $250.00 money order.) She asks her coworkers who all shake their heads "nope, nope, nope." So I start in. First I'm rationale. I say: "I'm holding the equivalent of a binding contract here. This is a negotiable instrument issued by the U.S. Postal Service guaranteeing payment to the holder of the note. You simply can't turn me away." She gets smarmy with me like I didn't understand her "I told you, I don't have enough money in my drawer." In a raised voice, I reply "It doesn't matter. You have to honor your company's money order. Get your manager and go get in the safe and scrounge up enough money to honor my money order." "That's not our procedure," she says. Why waste the effort, but I then say "You are then part of an institutional fraud." And I start in again on the binding contract crap and how if the post office is issuing a money order that they know that can't honor at a given point in time, that's a misrepresentation. I turn around and I'm being glared at by the other people in line. That just sucks to be right and have a bunch of as*hats look at you like you're the problem. I leave with her calling after me "Come back this afternoon when I have more money in my drawer." So I have to go across town to a bigger post office with better cash flow to get my money order cashed. So yeah, no one is ever paying me with a money order again. Heads up to anyone getting paid that way on Ebay or using money orders for anything.