Monday, October 17, 2005

No Love for The $2 Dollar Bill!

Cute post from Dorene M Lorenz about a Taco Bell manager who wouldn't accept a two dollar bill, because he thought it didn't exist! Someone straightened him out, but it worries me that I think a lot of people probably believe that there isn't a two dollar bill. It's also a slap in the face to Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest Americans of all time, author of the "Declaration of Independence" and one of the great editors of "The Bible"(by pretty much taking all the crap out of it). The two dollar bill should be the most practical of all the currencies, which is probably why it's hardly used! What would you rather have four one dollar bills or just two, two dollar bills? It's a nice even number that combined with other currencies, should make life easier, and heck it makes more sense than pennies do at this point. Now before I go any further, I should point out that I myself do not have a wallet full of Thomas Jefferson's right now, but I think tomorrow, let's help out all those bored bank tellers out there and all get ten dollars worth of two dollar bills, and get these things rolling again!

Dorene didn't have a hyperlink to the story so I put it in the comment section!

Update 10/23/05
Throwing a little love for T.J. with the new nickels that have a new profile of Jefferson, and the old buffalo on the back.
Very Nice! The only problem is: It's still a nickel!


Beau said...

We should increase awareness about the $3 bill as well, before they get pulled out of circulation completely. I think Nixon is on that one :).

Peter A. Clay said...

The full story from
Guess the younger generation never heard of them. This story indicates how ill informed, uneducated many of our younger citizens are today. Not all, but a significant number, which is scary.

On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to breaka $50 bill.

Me: "Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go."

Server: "That'll be $1.04. Eat in?"

Me: "No, it's to go." At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.

Server: "Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back." He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot

The following conversation occurs between the two of them:

Server: "Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?"

Manager: "No. A what?"

Server: "A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me."

Manager: "Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill."

Server: "Yeah, thought so." He comes back to me and says, "We don't take these. Do you have anything else?"

Me: "Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?"

Server: "I don't know."

Me: "See here where it says legal tender?"

Server: "Yeah."

Me: "So, why won't you take it?"

Server: "Well, hang on a sec." He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm ashoplifter, and says to him, "He says I have to take it."

Manager: "Doesn't he have anything else?"

Server: "Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change"

Manager: "I'm not opening the safe with him in here."

Server: "What should I do?"

Manager: "Tell him to come back later when he has real money."

Server: "I can't tell him that! You tell him."

Manager: "Just tell him."

Server: "No way! This is weird. I'm going in the back."

The manager approaches me and says, "I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night."

Me: "It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill."

Manager: "We don't take those, either."

Me: "Why not?"

Manager: "I think you know why."

Me: "No really ... tell me why."

Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security."

Me: "Excuse me?"

Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security."

Me: "What on earth for?"

Manager: "Please, sir."

Me: "Uh, go ahead, call them."

Manager: "Would you please just leave?"

Me: "No."

Manager: "Fine -- have it your way then."

Me: "Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?"

At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area,and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.

Guard: "Yeah, Mike, what's up?"

Manager (whispering): "This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money."

Guard: "No kidding! What?"

Manager: "Get this ... a two dollar bill."

Guard (incredulous): "Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?"

Manager: "I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty."

Guard: "Oh, so the fifty's fake!" Manager: "No, the two dollar bill is."

Guard: "Why would he fake a two dollar bill?"

Manager: "I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?"

Guard: "Yeah." Security Guard walks over to me and....

Guard: "Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use."

Me: "Uh, no."

Guard: "Lemme see 'em."

Me: "Why?"

Guard: "Do you want me to get the cops in here?"

At this point I am ready to say, "Sure, please!" but I want to eat, so I said, "I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill." I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him.

He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and says, "Hey,Mike, what's wrong with this bill?"

Manager: "It's fake."

Guard: "It doesn't look fake to me."

Manager: "But it's a two dollar bill."

Guard: "Yeah...?"

Manager: "Well, there's no such thing, is there?"

The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot, and it dawns-on the guard that the manager has no clue. So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too. Made me want to get a whole stack of two-dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff. If Iget the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. On the other hand, I could probably eat free for life!

. said...

My wife had a two dollar bill in her purse, she was keeping it as she doesn't see many of them.

She got a bit irate when I spent it!

I'd prefer plenty of tw dollar bills rather than a load of ones.


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