HR Strange But True!
May 01, 2008

Employees often say "this paycheck stinks" (or something more colorful) on paydays. But when a hapless bank teller took a paycheck out of the drive-through window, she thought it stunk, too!

The paycheck really did reek, with a noxious smell so overpowering that the town sent a hazmat team to check it out, according to wire service reports of a Waterbury Republican-American story.

The incident, at the Bank of America branch in rural New Milford, Connecticut, caused the bank to be evacuated and an adjoining daycare center to go into a shelter-in-place emergency mode.

The state Department of Environmental Protection was called in and determined that the smell was not from a lethal substance, so the bank and daycare center returned to business as usual.

After tracking down the depositor, a regular customer at the bank, it was determined that the smell was caused by machine oil that had transferred from one hand to the other when placing the check in the drawer.

So when employees complain that their paychecks stink, give them a lesson in proper handwashing.

Source: Waterbury Republican-American, via the Associated Press

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