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The check is often not in the mail — or even in the wallet

Connie Prater

How often do you write checks these days?

A growing number of people have given up check writing as electronic, plastic and online payment methods have expanded. That’s why I’m a bit puzzled by a new campaign called: “Stand up for your right to write checks.”

A press release about the campaign quotes the results of a telephone poll of 1,005 adults conducted July 17-21, 2010. More than a third of respondents (38 percent) said they would consider walking out of or not returning to a restaurant or business that refused to accept checks for payment. Three out of four people (75 percent) said they should have the freedom to pay at stores or restaurants with whatever method they choose — check, credit card, debit card or cash.

But check writing is on a steady decline in the United States — has been for two decades. Who’s really upset about places that don’t take checks?

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