I received a check for 9 cents from a major bank for an overpayment (as a result of setting up automatic electronic payments and not wanting to send an extra one time payment of 9 cents at the end). I don't really care about the check and would rather just toss it in the trash. However, I wonder if I am legally obligated to write "void" on it and/or destroy/shred it since it has a routing and account number on it. Most online resources say I should void it or destroy it but don't say if you could get into legal trouble if you don't. Could I face any trouble in the future if I don't destroy the check and someone finds it?
I did read an article about someone who deposited a check for a large amount and later found that the amount was debited from her account when someone found the check and deposited it. However in my case, I didn't deposit anything and it's only 9 cents. Also my question is mainly about me being in legal trouble, not adverse effects to my bank account.
I'm asking about the law in the United States.