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Cashed my check at Supervalu

Kilkenny, Ireland, November 2001 —

I cashed my check at supervalu [a supermarket] as suggested by L_ , a coworker at Lautrec's. He'd said to have them give him a call if I had any problem, but that I probably wouldn't.

They cashed it, without a problem, and without asking to see my identification.

At work the next evening, L_ said he'd spoken with a guy named John, who had told him the American had been in and "changed his cheque."

"You know you're in a small town now," said another co-worker.... "Next week it'll be in the Kilkenny People."