- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas woman said she finally has received a check in the mail that she had been waiting on for about 17 years.

Barbara Fraizer of Harrison said she received a letter earlier this month with a postal money order for $200. She told the Harrison Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1VJ2uja ) that she thought something was wrong because the man from whom the check was mailed no longer lived at the address in Des Moines, Iowa.

But then she realized the postmark on the letter read May 26, 1998. She said she scoffed at the man when he told her years ago that it had been mailed.

“I didn’t believe him,” she said. “I yelled a lot.”

When Fraizer realized there had been a mistake, she said she called him and that he replied, “I told you so.”

Post Office officials say that it’s not unheard of for a letter to get stuck in a mail bag, which could be tossed into a corner until it’s needed again, even 17 years later.

There wasn’t an expiration date on the money order, so Fraizer said she cashed it. She said she doesn’t have a plan for it yet.

“I’ve lived without it this long, so maybe I can splurge on something,” she said.

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Information from: Harrison Daily Times, https://www.harrisondaily.com

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