Due to a formatting error, some checks issued to vendors for this past weekend's Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest were rejected by the bank. But they're not bad checks.
Although the date on the paper checks read 2011, they were accidentally marked in our computer system as 2007. That's what the bank's software read, and why the funds were not transferred. This only happened with the checks issued on Sunday, September 25.
Houston Press publisher Stuart Folb issued the following statement Friday morning:
As soon as we heard about it - on Monday - we cut new checks for everyone. They should all have good checks. If someone's still slipped through the cracks we'd ask that they get in touch with us immediately and we'll get it corrected.
We, of course, regret this happening, especially since we appreciate the good work everyone did that went into making our first BestFest so successful.
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It is unknown how many checks were marked this way, but anyone to whom this has happened should contact Joseph Ferrara in the Houston Press business office at 713-280-2403, and we'll get you your money.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to BestFest: Performers, vendors, staff and especially the fans. Enjoy the video recap above by Apollo Landingin.