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By whoawhat - / Wednesday 11 November 2009 06:55 / United States
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  patticake1601  |  0

its not a small claims court case. You call the cops because the check was made out to the OP and the roommate stole the check AND cashed it. A felony I would imagine in most states.

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  Darraghscoot  |  0

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  LoosechangeX  |  0

Why not bring him to court that is the smart idea plus you would probably get more. Also If someone did that to me I would probably kick there ass without a second thought take all the money they have on them then get the rest whenever they get money.

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  mrdblq  |  6

Because things like a roommate stealing your paycheck should never have to have a slow and "nice" process. People breaking laws should get no consideration.

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  MagicMeds  |  0

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  Leviyah  |  0

Really? REALLY?! You would work for two weeks, taking eighty HOURS out of your LIFE and you would be just fiiiine with someone taking that and losing it? It would be one thing if the roomate took it for, oh I don't know, a kidney transplant for his cat...something emergency like...but he took it and GAMBLED it away. ANY scenario where he takes the check and cashes it is theft, but it is why he did it that may have saved him. If his kid needed diapers, maybe some leniency would be in order, and you could give him a chance to fix it. THIS though, this has to be dealt with right away. OP I hope you immediately called the cops man.

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  maverick1031  |  0

+1 If you'd hide it somewhere/keep it in your pocket/keep it in your wallet, it's unlikely your roommate woulda found it and used it. But yes call the police, that clearly is theft

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  evangldbrg  |  0

Exactly why most workplaces in the US are now requiring direct deposit (when the money goes directly into the account) to prevent something like this from happening.

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  drimpossible  |  0

US banking market is much more fragmented than UK. Checks (cheques) are much more common as well. It took some getting used to. My landlord in US wanted a monthly cheque, whereas in UK most people want a standing order

By  amagaeru  |  0

How did your roommate take your money? If he was cashing your check, he would have had to present ID. Otherwise the money would have been deposited into your account, where he (presumably) couldn't get at it. Though I suppose it's possible that he could have also "borrowed" your ID, if the two of you look similar enough to fool a bank teller. In any event, that's clearly theft. Report it to somebody immediately. I would suggest your RA/housing authority, since you're living in a dorm. They might be able to solve it, which will spare you the hassle of filing a police report, etc.

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  thisyearsgirl  |  0

Yeah, what #11 said. You have to have an ID to cash a check, otherwise it goes straight to your account. Tell him you're claiming ID theft if he doesn't pay you back in like a week, because you definitely can.

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  rachexl  |  0

you dont need an ID to cash a check if the person endorses it over to you aka signing the back. he probably just forged his roommates signature and cashed it himself. ive done that with checks for close friends who dont have their ID with them, dont have a bank account, etc.

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  kazkazkazkaz  |  0

I don't need ID when I deposit my paychecks because I have a debit card that I have to swipe first so that the bank teller can pull up my account (I use TD Bank). If someone knew my PIN and stole my card they could cash it, so I never leave my card or checks lying around anywhere. I also never ever sign the endorsement line on the back until I actually get to the bank. HOWEVER if you actually cash in a check at a bank and don't have your debit card or don't have an account there they'll still do it as long as you have ID. It varies from bank to bank I think. And there are check cashing places that aren't banks in my town too (they de

By  patticake1601  |  0

a lot of licor stores in "bad" places around DC/MD would cash his check without ID. Also, if you have a Citibank account you can deposit it and the funds are available immediately. I bank with Citibank and realized this after I deposited a check from my pets health insurance, the funds were available to me that moment!!

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