I hate that as well. With all the conveniences today, how hard is it to deposit a check.
I think you can do it with a photo or scan now in some banks, at least.
I always try to deposit one as soon as I get it, but some people don't and it sucks if you forgot that you wrote a check and they deposit it and draw that much out your account then you realize BAM you have an overcharge fee from something you did 3 months ago and they are just getting to. That's why I tell my mom to always call me before she deposits a check.