Twitter rejoices as ‘stimmy’ checks finally roll in

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All it takes it $1,400 to feel like a high roller.

Americans rejoiced on social media Wednesday as the third round of coronavirus stimulus checks made millions of taxpayers suddenly flush with cash.

“Stimmy” — Twitter’s favorite word for what the feds like to call “economic impact payments” — became a trending topic on the platform as users found the money had landed in their bank accounts.

“got the stimmy & got paid this morning. talk to me nicely. i’m new money now!!” @MsSueDenimKim tweeted.

The money rolled in less than a week after President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which authorized the checks to help struggling families pay bills or keep food on the table as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

But many tweeters joked about spending the money on extravagant or borderline useless items, like an $1,147 popcorn machine, a Pizza Hut restaurant, a pet goat, or a personal tiger a la Joe Exotic.

“my stimmy just hit bout to blow it on unnecessary things instead of being responsible,” @manivenuss wrote.

President Joe Biden
The money rolled in less than a week after President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
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Kraft even tried to get in on the fun with a post suggesting pasta lovers treat themselves to a box of its “Deluxe” mac and cheese “when the stimmy hits.”

Others offered more financially savvy suggestions, like putting the extra cash into savings or investing it in stocks, cryptocurrency or a retirement account.

“No better place for your stimmy check than a Roth IRA,” tweeted Ross Gerber, CEO of the investment management firm Gerber Kawasaki.

“My savings loaded and my bills are PAID,” another user named @jaskhalil posted.

But not everyone was celebrating — many people tweeted about feeling left out while watching others boast about their boosted bank accounts.

Those folks’ checks may not have been among the roughly 90 million payments that were reportedly deposited Wednesday. This round of checks also had stricter eligibility requirements that cut out anyone who had an income above $80,000 on their latest tax return.

“it’s always stimmy for thee and never stimmy for me,” @grimgaucho tweeted, adding an image of a downcast Milhouse Van Houten from “The Simpsons.”

Others complained about not being able to check their Wells Fargo accounts for the deposit as the bank’s online services glitched Wednesday morning.

Wells Fargo blamed the issues on “high volumes” but said they would not affect any stimulus payments that were credited to accounts Wednesday.



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