I got the run-around yesterday when I was trying to help someone with their rent. I was going to write a check directly to the company--but they don't accept checks or cash, or debit, or Visa--only cashier's checks are accepted. So we went to purchase a cashier's check only to find out that most places don't allow you to use your credit card, debit card or checks.
The 7-11 store suggested that I get the cash out of their ATM and then purchase a cashier's check. In the end I was thankful that my bank was able to write a cashier's check without extra cost.
I realize that this is really one more injustice for people in poverty. Because of trust issues, the management does not accept any other form of payment. Which forces renters have to carry cash, and/or pay extra for getting it out of an ATM, and then they have to get a cashier's check which also costs money. For me the whole event took about 1 hour--and I had a car.
Personally at home, we just pay via electronic check and it takes less than one minute--no travel, no extra cost, no hassle.
It reminded me again how difficult life in poverty can be and how many extra steps have to be taken. It saddened my heart and got me angry at the same time.
Micah 6:8 states that we are called to "act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God."
I wonder how acting justly works when it comes to paying rent--just a thought.