Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I can't think of a legitimate reason to keep $90,000 in the freezer.

Busy today: finishing work on two different manuscripts, tutoring, and trivia tonight. But I can't help following all the news coverage about the corruption trial of former U.S. Representative William Jefferson (D-LA) -- who, among other things, had $90,000 in cash in his freezer, divided among several different food containers.

While I'm working today, I invite you all to propose legitimate reasons for storing that much cash in your freezer, rather than in a federally-insured financial institution. Here's one: he had hired a contractor who insisted on being paid in cash, and the freezer was a place to store the money where it wouldn't get construction dust on it.

Anyone else got any ideas? I'd also like to mention that my own freezer has plenty of room, if any of you have cash storage needs.


Anonymous said...

You never know when you're going to need some cold, hard cash.


JIM LAMB said...

He knew ther was going to be a flood and he wanted there to be some money for his friends, the homeless looters looking for food could find it.

Anonymous said...

Or it could explain why there were so many melted popsickles in his wallet.


norby said...

Don't forget the Israeli woman who had a million dollars stashed in her mattress. Her daughter bought her a new mattress and threw the old one out. Now the daughter has been searching the landfills for the old mattress.

Larry said...

The Arctic Bank of Clair where we will put your money into cryogenic freeze until your return in 2525. An enterprising idea... and one that probably would sell on EBAY.

To your original point, how and why do some achieve at relative high levels then implode in public disgrace? Of course there is no answer.

But, as in the case with Illinois' former first lady, why after falling from grace would you go on TV and eat bugs?

She should have put some money in the freezer.

Claire said...

Maybe the money was covered in miniscule bug eggs and the only way to keep them from hatching was to keep the money below a certain temperature.

Eww. That was gross. Now I have to check my wallet for bug eggs.