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Got a Refund and a Laugh

September 19th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

This was totally unexpected, but at the beginning of the school year my daughter rented a special calculator from the school for her math class. It was $10 for the year and since the special calculator would cost close to $100, we felt renting it was the wiser option. Well, we just got a refund check in the mail for that $10. The note enclosed said, "Do to the Districts desire to reduce/eliminate all course fees, we are refunding your students $10 calculator rental fee. If lost, the replacement fee is $100."

After I finished laughing over the school district's inability to spell or punctuate correctly, I was quite pleased. But they really should have people proofread their documents before they mail them out. Spellcheck will not notice if you use "do" or "due" incorrectly, but I certainly will. And I will also notice when you write students, but mean student's and Districts when you mean District's. Also, district's should not be capitalized. It is not listing a specific district. Honestly, four errors in a two sentence note?

Since it is signed by the principal, I am thinking about correcting the note in red felt tip pen and mailing it back to him. Okay, he probably never saw it at all, but seriously, what a bad example that sets. It's almost worth the cost of the stamp to do so. Almost. Maybe I'll email.

It does mildly irritate me that the check is made out to my husband. Since I am the one who wrote out and signed the original check it should have been refunded in my name, not his. Not that it matters in my case, I can deposit it without his signature into our account, but what if they had sent the refund to the wrong parent when the parents don't live together? Not a smart move.

The $10 will be headed to the Emergency Fund tomorrow when I deposit the Allstate refund and the coin jar money.

8 Responses to “Got a Refund and a Laugh”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It would give me some satisfaction to correct and return the letter. Nice that you got the refund, I bet they have no record of who wrote the original check though.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:


    We have a new principal and the start of year letter she sent out was SO embarassing. !! I want to offer to edit her writing for parent participation hours... But haven't decided how to ask her tactfully. Wink What a horrible first impression though.

  3. laura Says:

    What. Eye didnt see nothing wrong with the letter!

  4. Bob B. Says:

    I don't remember for sure why DW was looking at our local high school web site (our kids are home schooled), but she saw several errors in one course description. My (not her) alma mater!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Scary when the educators aren't educated!

  6. PauletteGoddard Says:

    After I finished laughing over the school district's inability to spell or punctuate correctly, I need to adopt your outlook. I cry when I see egregious spelling, syntactical and grammar errors in the school bulletins' content produced by adults. When students make the errors I genuinely think "they're trying, and they're learning."

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Besides the grammatical errors, the statement also isn't very clear. It *could* be taken to mean that if you lost the $10 refund check that the replacement cost would be $100. Smile

  8. scfr Says:

    When you mail in the proofread letter, add a "Dear Principle" on the top - bwahaha ... Oh wait, they probably wouldn't "get it."

    Regarding the check being made out to your husband, if the checking account is a joint one and his name is listed first, that is probably what they copied down. They probably did not look at the signature and certainly have no way of knowing who filled it out. I'm sure no offense was meant.

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