A couple of weeks ago I was strolling back from the mailbox sorting through the usual pile of cr*p, when I noticed a return address from the Federal Dept of Transportation. It was a bulk mailing, so I nearly tossed it, but was curious why they would be sending me anything. So I opened it, and enclosed with a letter was....five bucks! Cash! A Lincoln, nice & crisp!
Turns out they're doing some sort of survey, & this was meant to soften me up for a phone call to come later. When the call came I was up to my tuchas in tile grout so I politely begged off; don;t know if they'll try again.
This strikes me as an outrageous waste of money, especially as much of the money probably gets buried in the landfill. But hey - for me it was lunch!