Tiny cheque confuses pensioner

BAFFLED pensioner Joyce Coleman is laughing all the way to the bank after a cheque for four pence arrived in the post.Joyce, 80, received the cheque from TXU Energi due to a settlement on her account and was so bemused she contacted the Evening Star.

By Nick Richards

BAFFLED pensioner Joyce Coleman is laughing all the way to the bank after a cheque for four pence arrived in the post.

Joyce, 80, received the cheque from TXU Energi due to a settlement on her account and was so bemused she contacted the Evening Star.

Joyce, who lives in Robeck Road, Ipswich, said she thought it was silly that she had received a cheque for such little money.

She said: "It's just daft – what a waste of time and money.

"It must have cost them ten times that to send me a four pence cheque. I thought it was silly, but it is funny and if you can't see the funny side of it then what can you do?"

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A smiling Joyce said that she would not be banking the cheque, and added: "I think I'll stick it on my brick wall instead."

Nick Lakin, spokesman for TXU said: "This is really a question of being open and honest – while a cheque for four pence is an extreme example, we think a cheque for £1 should be sent to an account holder.

"All these little bits of money do add up and rather than hang on to them, we would rather they went back to who they belong to."

FOURPENNY FACT FILE:

Buy four penny chews from your friendly neighbourhood corner shop

Spend a penny four times at any public convenience

Ask for a thimble-full of beer at your local

Add it to 16p to buy something for 20p – and that's difficult enough

Put it in the leaving collection of a work colleague – if you are having a really mean day

Think of the future and save it, who knows the coins themselves could be valuable some day