For once, a piece of anonymous Internet flotsam that isn’t quite so anonymous. Although this tale now appears on numerous web sites credited to one “Peter Leppik,” its real author was the USENET netizen
known as Captain Sarcastic, who posted it to a few newsgroups in December 1993.
Did the infamous “$2 bill at Taco Bell” incident really happen as described in Captain Sarcastic’s tale? He says it did. But whether it’s real, a somewhat embellished account of an actual encounter, or purely the product of a fertile imagination, the story remains a favorite because it’s all too plausible, something we can easily imagine happening. Indeed, many of us have already experienced something very much like it (from both sides of the retail counter). Who hasn’t had to deal with the tandem of a less-than-brilliant sales associate and a dim-witted manager type whose reaction to actually having to think or acknowledge something beyond his limited experience is to retreat into an officious, unchallengeable “I’m the boss, and whatever I say goes” mode?
In March 2005, the Baltimore Sun published a tale like the one described above, only taken one step further: the subject reported he actually was arrested for proffering payment with
Mike Bolesta, a 57-year-old Baltimore County resident, stated that in
“I’m just here to pay the bill,” Bolesta says he told a cashier. “She looked at the $2 bills and told me, ‘I don’t have to take these if I don’t want to.’ I said, ‘If you don’t, I’m leaving. I’ve tried to pay my bill twice. You don’t want these bills, you can sue me.’ So she took the money. Like she’s doing me a favor.”
Nonetheless, police were summoned when a Best Buy employee noticed that the ink on some of the
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