Canadian Check from Player's Only Annoyances
Well, I'm in the USA, and I recently got a Canadian Check from Player's Only, denominated in US $ of course (if it were Canadian $s, it'd be worth more money now!)
I deposited it in the ATM at night at Washington Mutual. I had done that with no problems before (those checks were from a US bank).
About 4 days later, I login to WAMU online ; I see that they took the money out of my account, with a note saying "Canadian Check Discount". I call the bank almost freaking out as it was a $1710 check. Fortunately I did not prematurely spend this money, although I could have, since there were no problems before - if I did go under I can imagine there would be a hefty fee!
I learn that since it's from Canada I have to go into the bank PERSONALLY and fill out a freaking form. They mailed me the check back in order to do this. Went to the bank and had to spend 30 minutes filling out a pretty detailed form. The dude who helped me had to print out the form and I guess it was his first time ever doing this because we had to read the form very carefully; didn't want it to bounce back again! Fortunately the next business day it cleared! Also there were NO fees involved - but he warned me that there might be fees and the form said that as well.
So I think Washington Mutual is a pretty good bank! Just be aware of this if you get a check from a non-USA nation, and maybe wait a few days before spending that money just in case!