By Nammi Bhagvandoss
The checks were in the mail.
No. They truly were. They just arrived late this month in some locations.
Amanda Jones, of Joplin, said her family receives its Social Security checks on the same day of each month, as a rule.
But, not this month. Thursday came and went, but the checks did not arrive until Friday.
Social Security checks that were expected on Thursday in Joplin arrived a day late, according to Duane Bowen, the acting Joplin postmaster.
"None of them came (Thursday)," Bowen said.
None of the southern part of the state received them, he said. "Most people got theirs (Friday)."
The Social Security checks arrived at 3:30 a.m. Friday in Joplin, and were delivered Friday, according to Bowen.
"Every single check that came to Joplin got delivered (Friday)," Bowen said.
Some area Social Security recipients might even have to wait until today to take check in hand.
Bowen said he received an e-mail Thursday noting that the Social Security checks arrived too late in Kansas City to be processed in time for delivery by Thursday.
Richard Watkins, spokesman for the Mid-America District Office of the U.S. Postal Service at Kansas City, said the U.S. Treasury Department sent the checks out late.
"We couldn't deliver what we didn't have," Watkins said.
Karen Brown, district manager for the Social Security Office in Joplin, said her staff received many inquires about the checks.
"We certainly hope that they're all delivered," Brown said Friday afternoon.
Just how often do the Social Security checks arrive late? "It happens," she said, "but we haven't had a widespread problem like this in many years, locally anyway."
By Nammi Bhagvandoss
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