The Los Angeles Dodgers -- who recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection -- issued payroll checks to some "game day staff members" that bounced, according to TMZ.com. The website actually obtained a check for $497.54 that shows it was returned to the employee by the bank and was stamped with "refer to maker," which means there were insufficient funds in the Dodgers' account. The check was signed by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and issued on June 24. TMZ notes the Dodgers said that some checks did bounce but have since been reissued.
I'll pause until the laughter dies down. OK, let's move on to some bad news.
The judge overseeing the Dodgers' bankruptcy hearing set 10 different hearing dates for the case Thursday. The bad news for Dodgers fans and anyone else sick of this mess already -- the latter group includes myself -- is that the last hearing date is set for Jan. 25, 2012 (LATimes.com). So, yes, this is going to drag all the way into next year.
In the meantime, Dodgers employees better not spend their money until their paycheck definitely clears.
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