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Old 06-19-2013, 09:04 PM
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This is a first....

An Amish man wrote me a check for some signage work. I didn't know that Amish people had bank accounts. I learn something new every day.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:42 PM
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My only question is did it bounce?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:49 PM
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I didn't know Amish folks used signs!
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:53 PM
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My only question is did it bounce?
No.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:54 PM
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I didn't know Amish folks used signs!
The signs are for a general store that the young man is opening.
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Just reminded me of the massive change that has occurred with time. Checks are just not used that much anymore by individuals. Plus today I imagine a lot of people would not want them. If they bounce it can really cost now as well.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:39 AM
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There are many variations of "Amish". Some of them I hear have admirable bank accounts. Bet he wasn't driving a horse and buggy either.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:09 AM
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Did he say he was Amish or are you assuming he was? We do business with and belong to a couple trade groups with members who are Mennonites. While they still lively simply and eschew television and radio, some do drive, use phones and have electricity.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:11 AM
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Some of the folks out here have serious money from their farms...wearing Amish garb and driving a Cadillac seems weird to me but that's how they do it. I imagine those are Mennonites
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Just reminded me of the massive change that has occurred with time. Checks are just not used that much anymore by individuals. Plus today I imagine a lot of people would not want them. If they bounce it can really cost now as well.
Not in stores, but for any type of professional service, they're used a lot, at least here in the US.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:36 AM
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The signs are for a general store that the young man is opening.
I didn't know there were young Amish people.


According to the news and members on this forum, all young people have a cell phone glued to their hands or ears.
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Amish have large families and a recent article I read said 90% of Amish kids remain and marry within the culture.
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My only question is did it bounce?
No, they haven't invented rubber yet.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:55 AM
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As was posted above--MANY brands of Amish.
Rules of any particular locale are set by the e3lders of that community.
We, "English" are the ones who judge worth based on the external trappings--cars, cloths, etc. The Amish of whom I know have pretty healthy bank accounts, pay cash for their farmland.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:40 AM
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There are Mennonites, German Baptist, Amish and one more group that escapes me now. Only the Amish use horses, the others dress similarly but use machinery and electricity. They are not allowed "worldly" things though and only drive conservative colored cars, black, grey, maroon, navy blue, dark green and generally only black wall tires. Though I have seen them in Buicks and Olds I have never seen any in Cadillacs.

One Mennonite electrical contractor I used to work with had a dodge pickup that had a custom soft top and a large graphic on the hood. I think he took off the decal. Many of them also are allowed to and many like to drink beer and will watch tv at the neighbor's house. They are known for being hard workers and very bright.

They do some things like the rest of us as I know some who have been bankrupt, though I suspect its rare and the fellow who did it was shunned. Actually I am not sure he actually took bankruptcy. He was financially embarrassed though and I believe lost pretty much all his worldly things of any financial value.

One of the electricians I know is particularly fussy with the aesthetics of wiring and if you open a main panel he has wired it looks like an idealized drawing of a box with every wire coming straight out and bending in order like the pipes on an old fashioned exhaust header with each in its order, never overlapping and nestling beside the others. If he got upset with himself for a minor mistake the strongest word he would use was "THUNDER", said with conviction.

I used a German Baptist concrete contractor on one of the houses I designed and built. His company was very well respected for their quality work but I never had been able to use them before because they were either too busy or to expensive. Where most companies would send out a crew of four guys to set forms and pour and take a week to do it, they sent ten or twelve and got it all done in a few days. they were always working in harmony, never any raised voices and never any cussing.....most unusual for any groups working in construction. ...and they did a beautiful job. Each man seemed to know exactly what to do with very few wasted motions.

Although I am not particularly religious, I suspect that my Walgamuth ancestors may have been one of these conservative religions originally. There is a strong underlying conservative cultural foundation in the Midwest where its ok to be wealthy but considered bad form to flaunt it or talk loudly about it.

Its also a rule around here that if a fellow you are in a business situation starts talking too much about his religion, hold onto your wallet!
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