Late April, Jeff Waters casually walked into the Jacksonville Bank of America and attempted to cash a check for $368,000,000,000.00 — that’s 368 billion dollars.
Armed with his identification and fully expecting the check to be cashed, Waters was befuddled when he learned that the blank check that he bought from a homeless man called Tito was unusable.
When the tellers became suspicious, Waters explained that a homeless man by the name of Tito Watts had sold him the blank U.S. Bank of Idaho check (which was issued in the ’90s) for 100 bucks a few months ago.
Tito, the “upstanding” guy that he is, told Waters that he can go ahead and cash the check for whatever amount his heart desires.
But here’s the really fun part:
“It’s always been my dream to own the best Italian restaurant in the earth,” he later told the police.
“I’m 10% Italian. Cooking authentic Italian food is in my blood. I had planned to make the restaurant 80 million square feet and able to accommodated [sic] 30 million eaters at once, plus it was gonna be totally underwater so people could look at sharks while they ate. But the bank wouldn’t give me my money they owed me,” said the hopeful entrepreneur.
Think of the good $368,000,000,000 could do for the south Florida economy, not to mention the bragging rights of hosting — by far — the world’s largest Italian restaurant. With sharks.
Just think of Waters as a freelance central banker, and I think you’ll see the wisdom in cashing that check.