My son (Dutch nationality) studied at MIT in LA (1994-1997) when he was robbed and molested in his apartment. The criminal has been sentenced to 2 life sentences (because of murder cases as well) and has been fined for $60.000. My son immediately moved back to the Netherlands after this trauma and since 20 years the LA Government is sending him checks: about 6 times a year with amounts between $6,50 and $16,-.
The problem is that he can't cash the checks:
- As parents traveling the US we can't cash the checks with a signed authorization from our son.
- Family or friends living in the US can't cash the checks in the US with signed authorization.
- All foreign banks in Europe have problems with depositing a foreign check. Only one bank in the Netherlands is able to help us out, but the fee is 4 or 5 times higher than the amount on the check!