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Some questions I have about counterfeit money ...
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Specifically, I want to know more about those little magic markers that cashiers use to scribble on any bill larger than a 20. Evidently, the scribble is supposed to turn black if the bill is fake. So ...

First question: What would happen if they discovered that it was actually counterfeit money, passed unwittingly on to me by another merchant? Could I be arrested? Has this ever happened to anybody?

Second question: Don't you feel a little insulted when they do this in front of you? And is it my imagination or do Asian sales clerks do it more often? I even had one Asian woman mark a $1 bill of mine! It made me feel so dirty and bad.


Anonymous Scott said...

Ad: As a former bank teller, I can tell you that the pens don't really work. We were taught that they only way to really tell a counterfeit bill is by experience.

And, if it turns out the bill is counterfeit, too bad for you. The bill gets taken from you and turned over to the US Secret Service (part of the Treasury). You then have to cough up another $20, $50, $100 to pay for that item.

August 6, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Scott: Yes, but can I be arrested for trying to pass it even when I didn't print it myself?

August 6, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

As a current bank employee, I can tell you that you most likely would not be arrested. Unless, of course, you also robbed the store while trying to pass the counterfeit or you became abusive to the store clerk... then I suppose you could be arrested.

August 17, 2009 at 3:11 PM  

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