Former Vice President Garner had lost a ten-dollar bet on a Washington baseball game.
He was handing over a ten-dollar bill when the winner asked Garner to autograph it. He was giving the autographed bill to his grandson for a souvenir, he explained. “He wants to frame it and hang it in his room.”
On hearing where the bill was destined, Garner asked the winner, “Then the money’s not going to be spent, is it?” When the answer was affirmative, Garner said, “Then I’ll just write you a check!”
Garner knew that the ten-dollar bill he was going to hand over was not going to be spent. If so, he thought, paying the debt by check instead of in cash wouldn’t matter for the winner, but it would mean a lot to him. Because the check would never be cashed, he could save ten dollars, couldn’t he? He proposed the idea right away. A Texan with a rough personality, Garner didn’t care what the winner might think of him–a former Vice President making a proposal like this to save ten dollars. He maintained this attitude without hesitation in the political world as well until his death 15 days prior to his ninety-ninth birthday.