About three and a half weeks ago, I used the Mexican postal service to send cheques to Canada. I now realize that if the postal people knew I was mailing cheques, they wouldn't have allowed it. The cheques aren't in Canada yet. Perhaps, they'll never get there.
No problem, I went to MailBoxes Etc. For $1,400 pesos, they would gladly send my envelopes to Canada. It would take 2 to 3 days to reach their destination.
But, when the polite young woman found out they were cheques, she refused to send them. In Mexico, a cheque and cash are the same thing, sometimes.
Since I have three people to send money to, I thought, at that point, I needed three sets of banking information. I tried reaching my son, my nephew's girlfriend and my cousin.
I went online and discovered that the information the first online banking person gave me was incorrect. I don't need the transit, institution and account information. But, since I had the information, the second online banking staff person checked. Apparently my nephew's girlfriend's sister--in-law deals with a credit union, which may or may not be part of the system the banks are using to transfer funds between accounts utilizing different financial institutions. So far, I've been unable to reach her again to ask her to check with her credit union.
I'm not going to bore you with anymore details. Let's just say, I'm on day two of my attempt to send Christmas money to Canada. It's a learning curve, that's for sure. So far, no confirmation on whether anyone has been able to get their money. Each transaction is at a different stage.
Day three has arrived. No one is ever home when I call. No one seems to be checking emails or going to facebook.
Oh well, maybe I'll just keep the money.