More Good Karma, I Hope

Last month this happened:

Last week, it happened again. Another check arrived for a copyeditor named Sara Wilson. This one for $713.

“Attention Accounts Payable:

“I am returning a check made out to Sara Wilson for Invoice 12308. This check is intended for Sara Wilson in Ohio. You have two Sara Wilsons, both copyeditors, in your computer system. Please endeavor to choose the correct Sara Wilson when issuing payment. This is the second check intended for the Ohio Sara Wilson that I have received. I would appreciate it if you would make all of your staff aware of this confusing issue of two editors having the same name. I am sure all of your freelancers appreciate prompt payment.”

I would like to say that if I receive a third check made out to me for editing work that I did not do, I would cash it—because that would be funny and bold and a take-no-prisoners thing to say, but it would be a lie. I don’t think I could do that, no matter how much having an extra $713 in my bank account would help. And it would.

4 Responses to “More Good Karma, I Hope”

  • mrplanet4
    April 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Have you asked them to see if any of your checks have gone to Ohio?


  • sarabellae
    April 28, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Actually, I have never worked for this company, or perhaps I should say, imprint. But with the way that publishing companies own publishing companies that own other publishing companies, I am in their database of freelancers. I must have worked for some other company or division: Wadsworth is my guess.


  • thaemos
    April 29, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    They would have no legal recourse if you were to just cash the check. Of course, after you cashed the check IF they asked for it back you could send it to them, but they did send You a check made out to You. It really doesn’t matter why they did it. This fits squarely in the “clerical error in your favor” category. They aren’t the IRS after all.


  • sarabellae
    April 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Perhaps so, but I’d be screwing the other Sara Wilson out of her money, at least for what would likely be a good while. Living check to tardy check as a freelancer is stressful and hard enough. Having to go through the hassle of convincing the company that your check didn’t go to you but was cashed by someone else would suck donkey balls.


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