The bill was about $3.50 and I handed the cashier
She returned shortly, handed them back to me and said, "I'm sorry, sir, we only accept American money."
In the mid to late 1980s I was in a McDonalds in Springfield, IL, and paid for a $3.22 item with a $5.00 bill, getting $1.78 in change. Something felt funny, and a closer examination revealed one of the three "quarters" was actually a Susan B. Anthony dollar. I tried to return it, the counter person called the shift manager, and the final decision was that since it came in as a quarter, it was going out as a quarter. Further, the cost to reconcile and adjust the cash drawer for the extra $0.75 would have been greater that $0.75, hardly cost effective! The good news is that at least they recognized it as real.
Last month I went to McDonalds and ordered a meal. The only banknote I had was a
I said to myself : "Well, who said there's no free lunch? This seems to be an efficient technique!" However, I tried it at some other McDonalds restaurants, and there, the servers gave me the money back over a fifty without hesitating.
Your Taco Bell/$2 bill piece intrigues me, because I saw it (or an incident very much like it) happen. It was about 1990 and I was in the Navy in New London, Connecticut. I went down to the mall with my roommate, [name deleted], and we stopped at Taco Bell. He tried to pay for his dinner with a couple of bills that included a
Haven't spoken to [name deleted] in almost a decade, I wonder if he's Captain Sarcastic. Anyway, just wanted to fill you in.
Thank you so much for the piece you posted about the
In addition, I had a McDonalds employee AND manager refuse to accept a
I had a similar experience to the $2 bill at Taco Bell. I was working in a sporting goods store with a high school kid. He called me to the register, freaked out that he had done something wrong. He showed me an old-style $20 bill (you know, one of those that's about
Scary. Utterly scary.
I don't know if the story about the $2 bill at the Taco Bell is true or not, but this one is absolutely true. When the Sacajawea dollar coin was first issued (January 2000), a friend gave me a few. I didn't want to spend them, but one night going home late, I found it was the only money I had on me to pay the toll on
When I was in college (at WPI in 1992), a burglar broke into my apartment during the night and took my wallet off my desk. He also took my
The punch line: He left approximately $14 in my wallet! One American
I once had a subway (sandwich shop) employee refuse a
I liked the $2 bill story and find it completely plausible. Indeed, something similar happened to me at a Macy's store in New Jersey several years ago. My then-girlfriend (now wife) had gone to a different department for a moment and I used the opportunity to buy her a small gift with which I would later surprise her. I tried to pay for it with, among other forms of currency, a
CASHIER: What's that?
ME: It's a Susan B. Anthony Dollar.
CASHIER: I've never heard of that. I can't take that.
ME: Why not?
CASHIER: Because I've never heard of it.
If not for the fact that my girlfriend's return was imminent, I would have made a scene and asked to speak to the cashier's supervisor. Instead, I simply used other currency. I've often wondered whether the cashier had never heard of
I had a similar experience the first time I went to pay for something back in the 80's with that awful
And, the first time I presented a Sacajawea dollar I got perplexed looks as well.
Oddly enough, this one happened to a friend of mine at the Taco Bell in Springfield Mall in Virginia. Not that I'm claiming that this nugget refers to that incident, since it happened in 1996 or so. I was there when it happened. My friend tried to pay for a taco with a
Anyway, the incident with my friend involved much less witty dialogue and happened several years after this Legend first appeared, so it's obviously not the same thing. I'm just sharing that it has and does happen ;)
For several years I worked at Blockbuster Video as an Asst. Manager and quite a few times I had CSR's (cashiers) call me over because they either were handed a
So I can completely believe that a manager out there was just as clueless, especially if they're young.
Last updated: 17 May 2011