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Tax Man Commeth…………



I was the tax collector for our town for 16 years.  I am sure you are thinking……..’what idiot would want that job?’  Color me crazy, but I loved what I did.

It was a very stressful job, dealing with timelines, irate residents, and balancing of figures in the millions…………..I took it very seriously, yet me and my staff would make it as much fun as possible. 

One day I had received a check that wasn’t signed.  It was too close to the due date to send it back and have them sign the check and get it back to me on time.  So, I called them to have them stop in and sign it.

I left a message on the answering machine, and after a couple days I received a return phone call from the daughter of the taxpayer. 

zelzee: “I need your dad’s signature on this check.”

Daughter:  “I am so sorry, my dad just passed away.  I am home for his funeral and I heard the message on his answering machine.”

OK………………..dead silence……………….for quite a few minutes..

zelzee:  “I am so sorry ……………..”

Daughter:  “Well, leave it to my dad to figure out a way to avoid paying taxes.  He always hated paying those things.”

After hanging up with Daughter, one of the maintenance men who happened to be working in my office overheard the whole conversation………..said to me:

“Leave it to you, zelzee……… end up killing your residents by sending out those bills and you still expect payment even after they are gone!”

From that day forward I was known as
‘The Black Widow’…………………….

  1. 18 Responses to “Tax Man Commeth…………”

  2. By bluntdelivery on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    ok. that job was worse than working in a call center at a failing financial institution.

    i’ll stop complaining now. you win.

  3. By Yaya on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    Oh my gosh!

    And I have always wondered who would want that job?

  4. By Jen on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    You do lead an interesting life. As always, love the quote. So true!

  5. By Futureblackmail on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    Having a rough day over here and certainly needed the laugh!


  6. By Mrs Zeee on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    You are so entertaining!

  7. By eileen on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    Too funny.

  8. By Hyphen Mama on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    …leave it to my dad to figure out a way to avoid paying taxes…

    If only it were as easy as dying!!

    Honestly, that sounds like a job I just might like. A lot.

  9. By Jenni Jiggety on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    LOL! whoops!

  10. By SurprisedMom on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    This is too funny in an Oh My Gosh kind of way. But really, The Black Widow?! I knew tax collectors weren’t popular, but . . .

  11. By Mrs4444 on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    I could never be the tax collector, because I do not have good attention to detail when it comes to numbers. Yuck. I’m impressed that you could do it, though!

  12. By JAM (Just A Mom) on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    Zelzee… YIKES! That’s quite a nickname you have there. Does it make it hard to get dates?! Hahaha!

  13. By Ree on Jul 1, 2009 | Reply

    Did you go to the funeral?

  14. By Aunt Becky on Jul 2, 2009 | Reply

    Only you would have that happen to you, zelee. And I love you for it.

    I worked hospice case management and I quickly earned the nickname “Nurse Death.”

  15. By Shawn on Jul 2, 2009 | Reply

    Oh, my gosh, how unfeeling of you to go after a dead man….

    Heh, heh. Such a great story.

  16. By Pattie on Jul 4, 2009 | Reply

    WOW! lol that is kind of crazy. I don’t think I would be able to do a job like that though. I can’t really handle irate people lol

    And, Happy Fourth of July!!!

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