26 Years Later, City Sticker Renewal Arrives In Mail

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s called snail mail for a reason.

A check for a city vehicle sticker arrived in the mail this week at Clerk Susana Mendoza’s office.

It was mailed 26 years ago!

The Chicago Bears were Super Bowl champions in 1986. That was when a senior citizen named Gustav Morner mailed a check to renew the sticker for his car.

facebook check 26 Years Later, City Sticker Renewal Arrives In Mail

City Clerk Susana Mendoza posted this check on Facebook. It arrived this week but was mailed 26 years ago.

Stamps were 22 cents and the check, dated May 10, 1986, was for $25. (It costs $30 for seniors today.)

“They brought it on up and said, ‘Take a look at this,'” Mendoza said. “I opened it up and thought, ‘Oh my Lord.’ How is it possible. Can you believe this. Are you kidding me? Twenty six years? It’s absurd.”

Mendoza posted the postmarked letter and check on Facebook and reminded people that applying for city stickers online is much, much faster.

Mendoza says her office looked for Morner, but could not find him. She fears after all these years that he may have died.

  • Zatso

    Yea!, and at election time David Orr will find an absentee ballot from 1960 for Nixon and we will get stories on how ole mam Daley stole the election for JFK.


  • Oh Look Honey It Is A Postal Slug

    Good Job!!!. The USPS never fails to amaze.

  • Afro

    Can’t say USPS doesn’t deliver


    They must not have looked very hard. Gustav Morner died in Redding CA on 7/23/06 and left at least one survivor: http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/riimspublic/Asp/ORPublicDocNameList.asp?SET=578&name=MO&DateBegin=Null&DateEnd=Null&SortBy=NAME&DocType=

  • Vicky Kujawa

    Good for him; at least he managed to escape from Chicago

  • joanie134

    “Mendoza posted the postmarked letter and check on Facebook and reminded people that applying for city stickers online is much, much faster.”

    Very funny and clever use of the check on FB by City Clerk Susan Mendoza.

  • Tired of Chiago

    Of course she says online is faster. City gets your money quicker and you pay the extra fee for using credit card.

  • http://theexpiredmeter.com/2012/02/city-sticker-renewal-26-years-too-late/ City Sticker Renewal 26 Years Too Late | theexpiredmeter.com

    […] JUST RECEIVED this today, a renewal from 1986. Kudos to the USPS for timely delivery.” CBS 2 reports the Clerk’s office tried to reach the senior citizen who tried to renew their city sticker […]

  • West Side Resident

    Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, nor inflated taxes . . .

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