In a small-town gas station or diner, where paper checks are still accepted, you might see a sign or list of names behind the register of individuals whose checks have bounced (couldn’t be covered because the would-be payee didn’t have the money in their bank account) and are no longer trusted. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a brief moment in time, the 45th President of the United States was treated to a similar honor.
Albuquerque’s Mayor Tim Keller appeared on the Daily Show, where he received a gift of a street sign parodying a typical ‘welcome’ sign that might appear in any town or city — except this one had an extra line of text. He erected it briefly and tweeted a photo, as seen below.
(For those hoping to snap a pic with the sign, this was just a temporary install – foam sign courtesy of the Daily Show 😉)
— Mayor Tim Keller (@MayorKeller) May 19, 2021
Under the more typical text, welcoming visitors and declaring Albuquerque’s population, an additional line reads, “We do NOT accept checks from Donald J. Trump.”
In his posting, Mayor Keller offers the addendum that his city would, in fact, accept a check from the ex-presidnt in the amount of roughly $200k.
As US News reported last month, the city has sent Trump’s debt to collections. The exact total is $211,175.94, and it’s for security costs, plus the cost of blocking off City Hall and downtown areas, and the cost of overtime pay for police officers, for a re-election campaign event Trump held in 2019. With the bill over a year past due, the city has turned it over to a collection agency, but Mayor Keller’s sign doesn’t suggest he’s holding out high hopes that Trump will pony up.
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