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Google Runs Out of Money, Writes a Bad Check

written by John Chow on July 14, 2007

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Imagine walking into your bank to cash your Google AdSense check, only to find out that Google doesn’t have enough funds in their account to cover it. Well, that is exactly what happened to this AdSense publisher.

So, today I go to cash the check. I’m standing at the teller window, and realize, gee – this is taking a long time. She looks up at me and says, “There aren’t sufficient funds in the account to cover your check.” *stunned silence* I say, “Excuse me, could you repeat that?” She does.

First, denial and disbelief. I say, “Are you sure? Do you know who Google is? You’re kidding me, right?” She says she does know who Google is, but that this particular account doesn’t have enough funds to cover my check. I’m too stunned to move. I look down at the check handed back to me and look back up at her confused.

Next, shock and awe. I say to the teller, “How does a gazillionaire company like Google have a bank account with so little money in it?” She laughs. I laugh. What else is there to do?

If you think that is funny, you need to head on over and read the voicemail hell our shocked and awed publisher went through to try and get someone to answer why Google sent her a bad check.

I’m sure Google will eventually clear this all up, but it’s still pretty funny. I hope she doesn’t need the money to live on because it maybe another month or two because everything is corrected.

I wonder how many bank accounts Google has? You think all their accounts would have overdraft protection on it, but I guess not.

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