Urban Myth about a letter with a computer pay error

Letter Sent to Employee

This is apparently a true story.  This letter was actually sent to an employee.Urban Myth - Pay error January 1, 2000 Dear Valued Employee: Re: Vacation Pay Our records indicate that you have not used any vacation time over the past 100 years. As I'm sure you are aware, employees are granted 3 weeks of paid leave per year or pay in lieu of time off. One additional week is granted for every 5 years of service. Please either take 9,400 days off work or notify our office and your next pay cheque will reflect payment of $8,277,432.22, which will include all pay and interest for the past 1,200 months. Sincerely, Automated Payroll Processing Footnote What do you think?  True or urban myth?  Is the date is a clue - or a good piece of invention?

School Fee Rise

An English public school was forced to raise its fees.  The headmaster decided that the simplest way was to implement an across the board 7% increase per annum.  Unfortunately, when the secretary typed the letter, she  missed out a crucial 'n' in the last word of the letter, consequently, it read thus: Dear Parent Due to increased building costs, I have decided reluctantly to raise the fees by 7% per anum. Yours sincerely, J.B. Williams (Headmaster) About a week later, one concerned parent replied saying: Dear Headmaster I regret your increase in fees, but I would like to continue paying through the nose as before.

Urban Myth Letter - Speeding Ticket Fine

How to Avoid Speeding Ticket Penalties If you find that you have got a speeding ticket or you have gone through a red light or what ever you do to lose demerit points from your license, I have heard of a method to ensure that you DON'T lose any points. It is this: When you get your fine, send a check to pay it, and if the fine is, say $79 then make the cheque out for $82 or some small amount above the fine. The system will then have to send you a cheque back for the difference so eventually you get a cheque for $3. Now, here is the trick - DON'T cash the check Throw it away. Demerit points are not removed from your license until all of the financial transactions are complete. If you don't cash the cheque then the transactions are not complete, however, the system has got its money so it is happy and doesn't bother you anymore. Source: Rick Thoonen Production Administrator RACV Touring Publications

Unfortunately, the above letter is an urban myth

The heart of the idea is that "Points are not assessed to your license until all financial transactions are complete." Don't bet on it.  Most DMVs operate like California's, which assesses points against your driving record when you are convicted. Note the reference to RACV, this is in Australia, not America.  Also cheque (not check) point to an Englishman at the source of this hoax. Footnote: Please send us your urban myth letter

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