Be careful about spending those old US bills
Now an update on my money.
I got a letter today from the Tucson Police department saying to pick up my $10.00 dollars, it turns out it was real money all along. I called Taco Bell, and the area manager Veronica was a JERK. They refuse to give me any freebies for the time I spent, waiting for the Police, and now I have to go clear across town to retrieve my money. So do yourself a favor instead of running for the border, run away from Taco Bell.
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Be careful about spending those old $10 bills
By William Polley on March 9, 2005 1:04 PM | 1 Comment | No TrackBacks
From the Peoria Journal Star:
PEORIA - When Scott Stanard ordered his usual sausage, egg and cheese biscuit combo Monday morning, he got two policemen on the side.
Stanard said the staff at McDonald's, 3600 N. University St., called police after he handed over a $10 bill that they said was a fake.
"I kept wondering why they weren't giving me any change," said Stanard, who sat in the drive-through lane in his work van for several minutes before deciding to pull up and park.
"I knew I didn't do anything wrong - I got it from Family Video," he said, more upset from the embarrassment, and the fact that he didn't get his food.
Two officers arrived, talked to him and went in the restaurant to get the alleged funny money.
"(The police) said it was old - a 1950's series $10 bill - and the markers they use don't work on old money," Stanard said.
And the conclusion of the article:
In many instances, police will send suspected counterfeit money to the Secret Service for close scrutiny.
In Stanard's case, [Secret Service agent] Pingolt suspected the officers were able to tell the $10 bill was old and wouldn't stand up to the marker test. Hence, Stanard was not arrested, Pingolt said.
Stanard said police took the $10 bill, telling him he could pick it up later if it was real. If the bill turned out to be fake, it would be destroyed.
Despite still being peeved at the McDonald's management, Stanard was pleased Tuesday. He got his money back.
If the bill was in good condition and from the 1950's it might have had some collectable value. Of course now it probably has a big marker stain on it from those counterfeit detecting markers, making it worth...$10.
At least the police exercised some common sense and didn't haul the guy off in handcuffs as sometimes happens.
I had the same thing happen to me this week in Tucson Az., at the Taco Bell on Golf Links/Harrison. On Wed. May 4th, I was in the drive through, and I handed them a Ten Dollar bill which was dated 1969, and back then our US money did not have the security strips, or the watermarks on them. The casher held it up to the light to look for these features, she didn't see them, so she went back to the manager with the bill. He came back up to the drive through counter, and told me that the bill was no good, and was funny money. I tried to tell them about how money used to be. So they said they had to keep it and call the Police. I called 911 myself, and told the Police to come ASAP. They came, looked at my money, and said it looked real to them, but they had to take it, seeing Taco Bell complained. So now it is in the hands of the city of Tucson, waiting for the Secret Service approval of it being real money.